A Look Inside the Upcoming Stephen Hawking Auction

On March 14, 2018, we lost one of the world’s most brilliant scientific minds. A Cambridge theoretical physicist known for his contributions to cosmology, general relativity, and quantum gravity, Professor Stephen Hawking changed the world for the better with his amazing discoveries and unwavering zest for understanding the universe.

Stephen Hawking suffered from Lou Gehrig’s disease, also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and therefore spent much of his life in a wheelchair. One famous, red wheelchair he used in the 1980s and 90s along with many other important and personal items of Hawking’s, will soon be up for sale to the public.

“On the Shoulders of Giants” online auction from Oct. 31 to Nov. 8

Stephen Hawking Quote

To highlight his remarkable achievements and inspirational life story, British auction house Christie’s, with the help of Hawking’s daughter Lucy, is holding an online auction entitled “On the Shoulders of Giants” from Oct. 31 to Nov. 8.

The auction includes 22 items, including a signed copy of Hawking’s PhD thesis from 1965, which famously crashed the Cambridge University website when posted online.

What’s on the auction block from Dr. Hawking?

In addition to the leather-backed wheelchair of Dr. Hawking, other items up for bid include a copy of 1988 best seller “A Brief History in Time” (signed with Hawking’s thumbprint), medals, significant awards, and 12 of Hawking’s scientific papers. One of Hawking’s personal leather bomber jackets and a copy of the script of the 22nd season premiere of “The Simpsons,” which Hawking appeared on, also make the cut for this auction.

Proceeds from the auction will go to the Stephen Hawking Foundation, the Motor Neuron Disease Association, and Hawking’s estate. Bidders will also find possessions from Albert Einstein, Sir Isaac Newton, and Charles Darwin included in the auction.

This special auction is a true testament to the life and work of Stephen Hawking, reflecting his personality and achievements in a beautiful dedication to his life.

Winners at the auction will truly take home a monumental piece of history.

Check back with the Smith & Co. Auction & Realty blog for more updates in the auction industry, and maybe attend an upcoming live auction yourself!

Marilyn Monroe’s 1956 Ford Thunderbird Hits the Auction Block this November

Few people reach the iconic status that Marilyn Monroe did, and 56 years after her death, she’s still making headlines.

Monroe’s 1956 Ford Thunderbird is set to come to auction

Marilyn Monroe Ford ThunderbirdLater this year, the Thunderbird will hit the auction block and fans are floored over the opportunity to own her iconic car. The car is a raven black convertible which was owned by the actress between the years of 1955 and 1962, the same year the actress died.

It was purchased in December of 1955 in Westport, Connecticut and was believed to have been a present from Milton Greene, Monroe’s business partner and personal photographer.

Monroe passes the Thunderbird on

She gave it away a few months before her death when she gifted it to her acting coach’s son for his 18th birthday. However, she was known for loving the car and used it for important life events. In fact, the car was used to transport Monroe and playwright Arthur Miller to their wedding ceremonies (civil and private) in 1956.

Julien’s Auctions will be responsible for the sale of the vehicle and reportedly has proof from the current owner of its origins. The car was recently restored but looks and drives as it did in its heyday. The car is expected to sell for between $300,000 and $500,000.

If Monroe’s car isn’t what you’re after, then we may have a few suggestions. At Smith & Company Auction & Realty, we sell everything from farm machinery, to 3100-acre ranches, and beyond. Browse our upcoming auctions and give us a call at 580-254-3975 with any questions!

Auction Chant: How to Better Understand the Auctioneer

It’s no surprise that many people find it confusing to unpack exactly what an auctioneer is saying.

Auctioneers are required to be very specific with their language, but we’re here to help you decipher the chant so you’re better prepared for your next auction!

The basic elements of an auction chant

Learn the Language of an AuctioneerAn auction chant basically consists of two numbers, the have (which is the current bid price), and the want (the higher bid that is being requested by the auctioneer).

Between these two numbers is a wide array of sounds and other words inserted to add rhythm to the chant and increase the entertainment element. These filler words have purpose though, as they give bidders an opportunity to decide if they want to bid higher. In order to make it seem like they are talking faster than they really are, auctioneers will purposely slur words to shorten them.

This means there’s less time between the have and the want.

In addition to the have and the want, there is the next. When someone accepts the want and that number becomes the new have, the new want is known as the next.

At any time, the auctioneer will have 3 numbers in mind, the have, the want, and the next.

When the highest bidder is found, the auctioneer will give audiences one last chance to bid on the item. When they say “going once, going twice, sold,” it’s the last call for anyone to take the current want.

Now that you know the rules, it’s time to test your knowledge at one of our upcoming auctions! Give our team at Smith & Co. Auction & Realty a call at 580-254-3975 to learn more.

How to Score a Bargain at a Live Auction

Live auctions can be both exciting, and intense. They’re incredibly fast-paced events, where auction-goers bid against one another in a format that can be dizzying if you’re new to it. But actually, live auctions are a great place to find a deal—it’s where the real value of an item can be appraised and debated. That’s if you know how to score a bargain!

Prepare for the auction ahead of time

One of the best things you can do before a live-auction is research so that you know what to expect upon arrival. Browse through the items being sold at the auction ahead of time; that way, you can do your proper market research, find out what the item’s value is, and be able to plan your bids accordingly.

Early bird gets the worm, or should we say bid?

Finding a Deal at an AuctionIf you’re planning on placing bids, then arrive at the live auction a half hour or so before it’s set to start. By doing so, you’ll be able to see the items you’re bidding on, assess their condition, and adjust your bid plan, if need be. Get a bidding number the minute they start handing them out, so you’re first on the list!

Get ready to bid

Listen closely for announcements and think on your feet. Account for any unexpected costs, like buyer’s tax and other hidden fees. A live auction is quick and can be over in the blink of an eye, so you’ll need to move fast.

With these tips in mind, you’ll be set to score a bargain at any of the upcoming auctions from Smith & Co. Auction & Realty. If you have any inquiries, feel free to give us a call at 580-254-3975 today!

How to Succeed at Buying Land at an Auction

A land auction offers one of the easiest ways to invest in property. The process is very straightforward, and every potential buyer is placed on a level playing field. Here are a few things to know in order to be successful at your next land auction!

Research and be prepared

Someone Bought Land through an AuctionOften, the team of real estate agents that are running the land auction will gather information about the property and make it available to you prior to the auction. Read up on this extensive summary of the land and plan a visit before the day comes to make your bid.

Have a look around the neighborhood and research the property values of nearby land. This will help you decipher the value of the land you’re looking to buy. It will also help you determine your budget and what you’re willing to spend before attending the auction.

A land auction is beneficial for the buyer and the seller

Going into a land auction, you should know that you really can’t lose. Everyone in attendance has a fair shot of obtaining the land and you will never have to pay more than the land is worth, which protects the buyer’s wallet. If you’re a seller, you can set a reserve price which is a minimum amount unknown to the bidders. This ensures that you do not lose on your investment.

Find a land auction near you

Smith & Co. Auction & Realty deliver 100-125 live auctions a year to Northwest Oklahoma, selling everything from residential real estate to industrial equipment. Browse our list of upcoming auctions of land from 160 to 3100 acres large! Call us at 580-254-3975 today to speak to one of our experts and learn how we can help you set the best price for your land!

A Guide to Live Auction Etiquette

Planning on attending a live auction but unsure of the proper etiquette? Read on for some helpful tips so that you’ll be ready to start bidding!

People putting up bids at an auctionDo: Bid for what you want

Only bid for items you really want to win. Try not to get caught up in the excitement and bid on something you’re not interested in knowing that someone will bid after you; it will only raise the price higher for the people who really want the item. If you respect other bidders, they will be more courteous when you place your bid on your item of interest.

Don’t: Bid just to raise the price

Like stated above, it’s rude and bad etiquette to bid just to raise the price. Bidding to hurt someone else’s bank account will only cause resentment.

Do: Organize and prepare your budget

Know what you are willing to spend and conduct some research before attending the auction. This way you’ll be prepared with money in hand to get a good price on the item you want to bid on. This is especially important when it comes to real estate auctions where money may be due at the time of purchase or within the next few days.

Don’t: Talk badly about items

Often at auctions, sellers are nearby to witness what their items sell for. Don’t be disrespectful by bad mouthing the items.

Smith & Co. Auction & Realty sells everything from farm machinery to 3100-acre ranches. Browse our upcoming auctions or give us a call at 580-254-3975 to learn more!

Four Benefits of Buying Heavy Equipment at an Auction

Tools and Equipment Auctions in OKPurchasing the right heavy equipment is no small feat. It can be difficult to find the exact equipment you need for an upcoming construction project or farming plan, especially at the time and price tag you want it at. That’s where buying heavy equipment at an auction can come in handy.

Prices that will fit your budget

We know it’s the truth: your project or farm could get by with one or two pieces of heavy equipment, but what it really needs is X, Y, and Z, too. At an auction, you can stretch those equipment expense dollars far beyond what you’d be able to do with any retail or seller. Find equipment at more affordable prices, and be open to bargain, too!

More choices at an equipment auction

One of the best parts of auctioning is that a buyer gets to see every option that’s on the table. With heavy equipment, that means older models, alternative types of equipment, or several items that could get the job done. It’s all about choices—and at auctions, you have plenty of them.

Know your seller at an auction

This might seem simple, but in an age where online sellers can remain anonymous, it’s worth every second of your time. At auctions, you’re dealing with in-person sellers who know this heavy equipment better than anyone—professionals who can tell you its value, its age, and the market price it’s being sold against. This is the sort of information you’ll want to have before making that next heavy equipment purchase.

Heavy equipment on demand

In many instances, you don’t have the days or weeks at your disposal to place an order and hope the heavy equipment comes in on time. However, at an auction, you won’t leave empty-handed—offering buyers more flexibility with their purchases. Don’t waste time any longer!

If you’re on the hunt for tools, heavy equipment and more, Smith & Co. Auction & Realty is on the job. On Saturday, April 28th, we have a live on-site auction with a hefty sale bill of tools, heavy equipment and vehicles ripe for the buy. If you don’t live nearby, online bidding is available. Call us at 580-254-3975 for more information and make sure to check out a list of our upcoming auctions!

Real Estate Auctions: What to Know

It is becoming more popular for home buyers to look towards real estate auctions for their big purchase. However, before taking on the auction block, there are a few key things to understand in order to achieve success.

The different types of real estate auctions

Tips for Buying a Home at an AuctionBefore attending an auction, it’s important to understand what type you’re attending. There are two types to take note of: a Sheriff’s auction and a private company auction. The process is similar, but different in location of event and who it’s held by.

Sheriff’s auction

This auction is a legal proceeding and is held by a government official in the county that the property is located. This type is utilized when lenders are foreclosing on a property, but are not the original owners of the home. A Sheriff’s auction is usually announced to the public in the “public notice” section of your local newspaper and is held on the courthouse steps or within the lobby area.

Private company auctions

This type of auction is held by a private company. These events usually offer more information about the property for sale prior to the auction. Companies will normally provide photos on their website and also encourage potential buyers to take a walk-through of the property. The rules of each auction vary based on the company, so be sure to learn the terms and conditions in advance!

These real estate auctions are announced through the company’s website that is holding them, which allows enough time to ask questions and schedule a walk-through inspection.

Practice due diligence

It would be beneficial to learn as much as you can about the real estate before you attend the auction. If you’re allowed to, take advantage of the opportunity to inspect the property beforehand. Additionally, have an attorney conduct a title search and identify any liens that exist so that you can ensure that there are no other existing owners of the property or undocumented costs that could become your responsibility.

Know your financial capabilities

Before attending a real estate auction, it’s vital to decide on the highest price you are willing to pay for the property. Most county foreclosures require a deposit of 5-10% of the final bid. Other private company auctions will ask for the full amount as soon as the auction concludes. As mentioned early, learn the rules of the auction you’re attending or don’t risk the bid!

Each of our realtors at Smith & Co. are native to Northwest Oklahoma and are homeowners themselves, making them great assets to help in your real estate search! Call us at 580-254-3975 today to learn more about our various real estate listings  and feel free to explore all of our upcoming land and real estate auctions here!

Bidder’s Choice: What Does it Mean?

Definition of Bidders ChoiceWhether you’re a seasoned veteran or just a beginner, everyone can agree that the extensive vocabulary you hear at an auction can be a little overwhelming. Between the statement, the hammer and the rhythmic chant, there’s a lot to take in, but it’s “bidder’s choice” that quite possibly could be the most essential term you should know.

Bidder’s choice defined

According to the National Auctioneers Association, bidder’s choice is the method of sale whereby the highest bidder earns the right to choose an asset or assets from a group of similar items. After the highest bidder has made their selection, a new round of bidding begins with the highest bidder of that round choosing their asset or assets. This process goes on until all assets are sold.

So what does bidder’s choice really mean?

Bidder’s choice is a grouping strategy that both benefit the auctioneer and the buyers. Let’s take, for example, a grouping of power tools. Depending on the value of those separate items, the auctioneer may start the first round with one tool that’s worth more, or they may leave the parameters open and say any tool on the floor is available for buying.

The bidder with the highest unchallenged bid has the right to choose as many tools at that price as they wish. After they’ve made their selection, another round of bidding commences with the same rules applied. This process continues until only a few items are left or the bids are getting very low. Towards the end, the auctioneer may choose to group the rest of the tools together.

What’s the point of bidder’s choice?

This complex process gives buyers the chance to claim specific assets they were set out to buy, as well as give other buyers a second chance to bid on the other items during the later rounds. This is a fair way to give auction goers a good deal as well as some healthy competition. Also, auctioning these items separately is more profitable for the auctioneer than selling the items as a whole, usually losing them money in the end.

Smith & Co. Auction & Realty holds 60-80 live auctions a year for you to test your bidder’s choice at and get exactly what you’re looking for. Be sure to check out our list of upcoming auctions and best of luck!

How to Possibly Get a Bargain at an Auction

How to Possibly Get a Bargain at an AuctionIf you love shopping for the best deals, then you’re sure to enjoy attending an auction! There are all kinds of great deals to be had, from large properties to small trinkets. So what can you do to find the best bargains?

Attend an auction preview

Auction previews give you an opportunity to take a close like at the items ahead of the auction. Since items purchased at auctions are rarely covered by any warranty, it’s your job to make sure the purchase is worth your while. During a preview you can closely inspect the items, so make sure you test as many features as possible. Consider taking photos of the items as well so you can make sure they are in the same condition on the day of the auction.

Do your research

Make sure you know the market value of the item to avoid overbidding. A simple Internet search will provide information about product value, devaluation, repair costs, and the current value that will help you decide what to bid.

Know your budget

It’s easy to get lost in the moment during an auction, and once you make a bid you can’t back out. Set your budget ahead of time and stick to it to avoid getting stuck with an item you really can’t afford. Also be sure to know what methods of payment are accepted so you come prepared.

Whether you are searching for a bargain at a land auction or qualified potential buyers for your home, the experts at Smith & Co. Auction & Realty will make sure that you are in the best position possible to find your desired results. Contact us today for more information!