Customers take advantage of multiple bidding options at unreserved Ritchie Bros. auctions in Dubai, Olympia and Moerdijk

    Eleven-auction week generates US$175 million in proceeds and ties
    Company record for number of industrial auctions in one week

    VANCOUVER, Dec. 3 /CNW/ - Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers (NYSE and TSX: RBA),
the world's largest auctioneer of industrial equipment, conducted 11
unreserved auctions in eight countries last week, tying its company record for
the most unreserved industrial auctions conducted in one week. Highlights
included a US$28 million auction in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (on November
26 & 27, 2007); a US$25 million auction in Olympia, Washington (on November 28
& 29); and a (euro)42 million (US$62 million) auction in Moerdijk, the
Netherlands (on November 28, 29 & 30). Interested buyers had the choice of
bidding at all 11 auctions either in person; by proxy; or live and in real
time over the internet using the Ritchie Bros. online bidding service,
rbauctionBid-Live. In addition, Ritchie Bros. held live simulcasts of auctions
being conducted in other countries at its Dubai and Moerdijk sites, giving its
customers the option of bidding live and in person on an even greater
selection of equipment.
    MOERDIJK, THE NETHERLANDS - Ritchie Bros. attracted more than 1,200
registered bidders from 63 countries to the unreserved public auction at its
permanent auction site in Moerdijk, the Netherlands on November 28, 29 & 30,
2007. Close to 3,700 used and unused equipment items for the construction,
transportation, agricultural and other industries were sold in the auction,
generating gross auction proceeds of (euro)42 million (US$62 million). More
than 2,600 lots, representing 85 per cent of the total gross auction proceeds,
were sold to out-of-country bidders.
    Interested buyers had four different bidding options: in person at the
Moerdijk auction site; by proxy bid; live and in real time over the internet
using the Ritchie Bros. online bidding service, rbauctionBid-Live; or in
person at a live auction simulcast at the Company's Dubai auction site. In
addition, on Day Two of the auction, onsite bidders in Moerdijk were able to
bid live and in person on over 250 items being sold in the Company's Milton
Keynes (U.K.) auction. Almost 40 per cent of the equipment in the Milton
Keynes auction was sold to onsite bidders in Moerdijk.
    "This was one of our biggest European auctions ever, and we were pleased
to give our customers around the world so many different ways of
participating," said Ralf Harders, Ritchie Bros. Regional Manager. "We had
people from more than 60 countries bidding on site and online, helping our
consignors achieve global fair market value for their surplus equipment. For
example, an onsite bidder from Romania purchased a number of wheel loaders, an
internet bidder from Australia purchased a motor grader, and an onsite bidder
from the U.K. purchased a 2007 articulated dump truck."
    OLYMPIA, WASHINGTON - Ritchie Bros. conducted its second-largest Olympia
auction in Company history on November 28 & 29, 2007, selling more than 2,200
trucks and industrial equipment items for total gross auction proceeds of
US$25 million. Ritchie Bros. has conducted 69 unreserved industrial auctions
in Olympia since its first Olympia auction in 1979. More than 2,800 people
from 22 countries, including 41 U.S. states and 10 Canadian provinces and
territories, registered to bid in the auction either on site, by proxy or
online. Almost 800 registered to bid online using rbauctionBid-Live, and more
than US$5 million of equipment was sold to internet bidders.
    "The auction was a great success, with particularly good returns on heavy
spec dump trucks and cranes," said Rob Giroux, Ritchie Bros. Regional Manager.
"We had many Canadians bidding in Olympia - with the strong Canadian dollar,
more Canadians are including our U.S. auctions in their equipment search. If
they can't make it to the auction in person, they can bid over the internet.
And when you have hundreds of people from all over the world bidding
competitively in an open and transparent auction, both online and on site,
sellers can be sure they are getting the best return on their equipment
    Washington-based J.R. Hayes & Sons Inc., a second-generation family-owned
site development contractor, sold a large selection of late-model dump trucks
and trailers in the unreserved Olympia auction.
    "We were very pleased with the results of the sale - maybe a little
surprised, given the state of the economy right now," said Tony Perrotti, J.R.
Hayes' equipment purchasing manager. "J.R. Hayes has a reputation for
maintaining its equipment well, and Ritchie Bros. marketed it well: we had
enquiries from all over North America. We've sold three large packages of
equipment at Ritchie Bros. auctions and have been very happy with the results
every time. Selling unreserved doesn't worry me at all."
    DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - More than 550 people from 47 countries
registered to bid on site, online and in a live auction simulcast in the
Netherlands when Ritchie Bros. conducted a large unreserved auction in Dubai
on November 26 & 27, 2007. More than 2,100 equipment items for the
construction, transportation and other industries were sold in the auction,
generating US$28 million in gross auction proceeds. Interested buyers could
bid either in person at the Dubai auction site; by proxy; over the internet
using rbauctionBid-Live; or at a live auction simulcast at the Company's
permanent auction site in Moerdijk, the Netherlands.
    "The auction went extremely well," said Steve Barritt, Ritchie Bros. Area
Manager. "Although our online bidding service is easy and convenient for
bidders who are unable to attend an auction in person, the live auction
simulcast at our Moerdijk site opened up another avenue for our European
customers, enabling them to bid live and in person on equipment being sold in
the Middle East. At the same time, our Dubai consignors benefited from an
increased audience of bidders for their equipment."
    More than 40 per cent of the lots in the Dubai auction went to buyers
from outside the United Arab Emirates, including a 2004 Grove GMK5100 100-ton
all terrain crane that was sold for US$890,000 to an online bidder from the
Netherlands; five 2006 Mercedes-Benz Axor 4140B mixer trucks that were sold to
an onsite bidder from Saudi Arabia; two Caterpillar D8R crawler tractors that
were sold to an internet bidder from the United States; and eight 2008 60-ton
lowboys that were sold to an onsite bidder from Algeria.
    Ritchie Bros. also announces that it has purchased a 60,000+/- square
foot office building in Lincoln, Nebraska. The Company expects to relocate its
U.S. administrative headquarters and 60 employees to this building in early
2008. The Company's existing property in Lincoln is currently listed for sale.

    About Ritchie Bros.

    Ritchie Bros. is the world's largest auctioneer of industrial equipment,
operating through over 110 locations in more than 25 countries around the
world. The Company sells, through unreserved public auctions, a broad range of
used and unused industrial assets, including equipment, trucks and other
assets utilized in the construction, transportation, material handling,
mining, forestry, petroleum, marine, real estate, and agricultural industries.
The Company maintains a website at

    Investors and potential investors should note that this information may
not be indicative of the overall financial performance of the Company for this
or any period.

For further information:

For further information: Kim Schulz, Corporate Communications Manager,
Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers, Head office tel: (604) 273-7564 or Email:; Or Steve Barritt, Area Manager - Gulf States, Ritchie
Bros. Auctioneers, Dubai auction site tel: +971-4-883-8398; Or Rob Giroux,
Regional Manager - Northwest USA, Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers, Olympia auction
site tel: (360) 956-1500; Or Ralf Harders, Regional Manager - Benelux/Central
Europe, Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers, Moerdijk auction site, tel: +31-168-392200

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