Mine sheds extra stock
A VARIETY OF surplus and idle parts and equipment that belonged to a Namaqualand diamond mine was auctioned off at top dollar last month, according to Ariella Kuper of Auction Alliance.
The sale was held on behalf of Debmarine, a division of De Beers, whose contract with the auction company was recently renewed for a further three years, she says.
“While traditionally one expects large yellow metal and earthmoving equipment to be offered at this type of sale, the pre-December clear-out predominantly featured spare parts and a large selection of buses and cars, affording an opportunity for smaller players and newcomers in related industries,” Kuper says.
She adds that the sale of a Nissan 61-seater bus, which achieved a hammer price of R240 000, a Mercedes Benz with the same seating capacity, which secured R191 000, and a 71-seater Mercedes Benz, which sold for R261 000 – confirmed a growing interest in cross-border transport.
Other items that sold well included sorting screens (R8 066), containers (R11 000 each) and general engineering p a r t s a n d d i e s ( av e r a g e d R30 500 per lot).
“The pre-sale value of the items offered was estimated at R2 million, taking into account the distant location and menu of smaller items,” Kuper says. “The auction proved an exceptional return for Debmarine, with a final figure of R4.8m, excluding commission.”
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