Aumann Auction Employee Tyson Reed leans against the 1928 John Deer GP tractor donated by a central Illinois man who wants the tractor sold and proceeds funneled to Taylorville Christian Church. The tractor is the very first cultivating tractor to roll of the Deer & Company assembly line and was sold during the annual Antique Tractor Fall Harvest Auction. [Ted Shurter/The State-Journal Register]
Considered by some agriculture aficionados the vintage farm machinery find of a lifetime, a 1928 John Deere GP tractor, serial number 200211, the very first cultivating tractor to ever roll off the Deere & Co. assembly line, sold for $78,750 at auction Saturday morning.
The tractor was sold minutes after bidding opened on the second day of the annual Antique Tractor Fall Harvest Auction at Aumann Auctions in Nokomis. The opening bid was $30,500, but it took less than five minutes and 12 bids to arrive at the winning number. The name of the winning bidder was not released.
“There was a tremendous amount of interest in the tractor,” said auctioneer Kurt Aumann. “It really stirred up a lot of interest because of what it was and it had a wonderful story behind it. It was kind of the star of the show.”
The tractor was one of two donated by an anonymous person to be auctioned to benefit of Taylorville Christian Church. Auction employees were doing a routine inspection of the donated tractors when they discovered the piece of history.
Upon learning the return would be much more than the initial expectation of about $5,000, the donor became even more determined to sell.