Successful tractor sale includes a lot which attracted £18,000 bid

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A MASSIVE crowd turned out for Saturday’s dispersal sale of the late Ian Robertson’s Massey Harris collection.

Over 300 had registered to buy at the Forfar Mart auction and witnessed record prices being set including an £18,000 tractor which went to an unidentified telephone bidder.

There were over 500 lots for sale including literature, models, spares, implements and tractors from Mr Robertson’s collection and incoming vendors.

Getting the sale off to a strong start was Massey Harris literature with a 1930s MH Challenger tractor poster going for £130 and a MH dealer’s sign going for £420.

Implements also proved popular with a fully restored Massey Ferguson liveried 701 baler going for £1,900 and a 1967 Track Marshall 70 crawler going for £2,600.

The stars of the sale were undoubtably the tractors themselves. A 745 tractor built in Kilmarnock had a closing bid of £7,600.

Meanwhile a very rare 1940 MH 201 with the original spark ignition engine intact sold for £5,000.

A rare wide-tacked Model GP four-wheel drive from 1934 made £7,000 before the final lot of the Challenger Row Crop registration BSR 825 which fetched the £18,000.