Jer­ilderie auc­tion breaks records

‘Pos­sum’ fetches $25,000

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There was deja vu at the Jer­ilderie Work­ing Dogs Auc­tion with the Aus­tralian record for a dog sold at auc­tion be­ing bro­ken again.

In a stun­ning mir­ror im­age of the 2018 auc­tion, ven­dor Shane Mau­rer sold his kelpie ‘Eveready Pos­sum’ for $25,000 to the same buyer - Dwayne Evans from Wil­ca­nia — who also pur­chased Mr Mau­rer’s first dog of the day ‘Tim­ber­hills Ron­nie’ for $10,500.

Mr Mau­rer said he wasn’t ex­pect­ing ei­ther dog to reach their re­spec­tive prices and added he was lucky there was a bid­ding war.

‘‘I knew the buyer and three or four oth­ers were keen on the dog.

‘‘Go­ing in I knew the buyer would bid on the dogs but you never know if the oth­ers will. I thought she might have made around $15,000 so to go as far as she did is just amaz­ing.

‘‘One bloke pulled out at about $18,000 and a sec­ond bloke pulled out at $20,000.

‘‘You dream of break­ing the record at least once but do­ing it twice is a whole dif­fer­ent ball game.

‘‘I thought ‘Tim­ber­hills Ron­nie’ was around the $7,000 mark there were ob­vi­ously peo­ple there who thought he was worth more than that.’’

Mr Mau­rer said he main­tains a high stan­dard for his dogs.

‘‘You of­fer a good dog and be hon­est about it and up­front. Let the buy­ers de­cide and if you’re lucky the peo­ple might be pre­pared to spend a bit more than what they wanted.

‘‘At the end of the day if they get what they paid for then we can all go away happy.

‘‘Hon­esty is the key to the whole process; you tell them what the dog has and what it doesn’t have,’’ he said.

Mr Mau­rer joked he might re­tire from sell­ing dogs on the back of two record break­ing years but said he’ll still find two dogs for next year.

Last year Mr Mau­rer’s dog broke the Aus­tralian record when ‘Coopen­dale Char­lie’ sold for $14,000 be­fore it was beaten at the Caster­ton Dog Auc­tion for $22,000.

The sec­ond best sell­ing dog was Michael Joss’s ‘Moe’ go­ing un­der the ham­mer for $17,820 to a buyer across the Nullar­bor in Ko­junup.

Other big sell­ers in­cluded ‘Clare’ go­ing for $9900 to a buyer in York, Western Aus­tralia, and ‘Daisy’ sell­ing for $10,500 to Bar­cal­dine, Queens­land.

Some dogs were sold to lo­cal buy­ers from Jer­ilderie, Ba­rooga, Tocumwal, Fin­ley, De­niliquin and Urana with the best be­ing ‘Kings­ley Chevy’ to Fin­ley at $12,500.

Jer­ilderie seller Colin Bryce’s ‘Canawin­dra Buster’ sold for $3000 and his first dog ‘Canawin­dra Toughy’ was passed in.

Fel­low Jer­ilderie lo­cal Nick Gray’s dog ‘Ned’ went for $7400, while auc­tion co-or­gan­iser An­drew Ruther­ford’s kelpies ‘Mott’ sold for $4200 and ‘ Heidi’ for $2750.

The av­er­age price for dogs sold at auc­tion was $5978, beat­ing last year’s av­er­age price of $4344.

Jer­ilderie Work­ing Dogs Auc­tion co-or­gan­iser War­wick Doolan said he was ec­static at an­other record year.

‘‘There were buy­ers from right across Aus­tralia. We didn’t know what was go­ing to hap­pen so to have these re­sults is re­ally good for the town.

‘‘Prepa­ra­tions for next year’s work­ing dog auc­tion started on Mon­day.

‘‘All the money we raised goes back into the Jer­ilderie through lo­cal com­mu­nity groups,’’ Mr Doolan said.

(From left) Auc­tion­sPlus rep­re­sen­ta­tives Michael McManus and Emily Rabone, El­ders Jer­ilderie auc­tion­eer Nick Gray, buyer Dwayne Evans, ven­dors Toby, Shane, Rosie and Ber­nadette Mau­rer, Work­ing Dog com­mit­tee Stacey Doolan, Mag­gie Al­varez Har­ris. Photo cour­tesy Cherie and Danny from RubenPics .

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