Media Advisory - Ritchie Bros to hold large unreserved Edmonton auction this week

    Close to 4,500 items being sold for 500+ equipment and property owners,
    including consumer items

    ATTENTION MEDIA: An aerial photo of the auction site is available with
    this news release and also at

    EDMONTON, April 27 /CNW/ - Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers (NYSE and TSX: RBA),
the world's largest industrial auctioneer, will be selling close to 4,500
equipment and real estate items to the highest bidders next week at a very
large unreserved Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers public auction being held at the
Company's permanent auction site in Nisku (Edmonton), Alberta from Tuesday,
April 28 to Thursday, April 30, 2009. The public auction starts each day at
8am local time and features a large selection of equipment from more than 500
consignors including complete dispersals for Top Notch Construction and DBC
Contracting - two well-known Alberta contractors and longtime Ritchie Bros.
customers. Ritchie Bros.' Edmonton site hosted the largest Canadian auction in
Company history in June 2007, selling just over 4,500 lots for CA$61 million
(US$57 million).

    WHO:   Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers, the world's largest industrial

    WHAT:  Ritchie Bros. three-day unreserved auction

    WHEN:  Tuesday, April 28 to Thursday, April 30, 2009
           8:00 a.m. auction start time each day
           (Real Estate will sell on Day 2)

    WHERE: Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers' Edmonton permanent auction site
           1500 Sparrow Drive, Nisku, AB
           Site Tel: 780.955.2486

    Sparrow Drive runs North-South east of Hwy 2/Queen Elizabeth Hwy. From
    Edmonton city limits, approx. 20 km South. From Edmonton Int'l Airport,
    approx. 2 km East to Sparrow Drive, then 1 km North to auction site.

    About Ritchie Bros.

    Established in 1958, Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers (NYSE and TSX: RBA) is the
world's largest industrial auctioneer, selling more equipment to on-site and
online bidders than any other company in the world. The Company has over 110
locations in more than 25 countries, including 38 auction sites worldwide.
Ritchie Bros. 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, agricultural, material handling,
mining, forestry, petroleum and marine industries. The Company maintains a web
site at and sponsors an equipment wiki at

    /NOTE TO PHOTO EDITORS: A photo accompanying this release is available on
    the CNW Photo Network and archived at
    Additional archived images are also available on the CNW Photo Archive
    website at Images are free to accredited
    members of the media/

For further information:

For further information: Kim Schulz, Corporate Communications Manager,
Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers, Phone (604) 788-5379, 1-800-663-8457, or email; Or Jake Lawson, Regional Manager, Ritchie Bros.
Auctioneers, Edmonton site tel: (780) 955-2486

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