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Below is the text taken directly from the auction site its self.  I am sure you have heard about this auction already, but if not, I will rework this post in the days to come.  For tonight, I will just put this up quickly as a way to keep track of it myself. 

Just click the above link from time to time and watch for them to update it with a sale date.  Their site currently reads:

Update on the Antique Boat/Motor Sale

Everything is progressing nicely for the Boat/Motor sale.  Due to crazy North Texas weather, we are anticipating this sale to occur in early Spring.  When we get all of the title work back from the State of Texas, we will set a confirmed date and post pictures and a listing. 
This is going to be a FANTASTIC SALE!!!!!  Well worth the wait!
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The long awaited Texas sale is finally on!

Here is the auction page: http://www.choateauction.com/Boat_Sale.php

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Here's some requested coverage of the auction in Wichita Falls Texas.  This was a giant sale and well worth the wait.  It was run quickly and smoothly with all cataloged outboards and boats selling with titles.

The auctioneers plan was to sell two outboards per minute. There were about 558 listed but the number was probably closer to 1,000 as many were piled up outside and sold without titles as "parts" motors.  The auction lasted all day.

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Like the outboards, there were boats there as well that were not listed on the auction bill.  This pile at the back of the yard probably held fifteen boats including the two red Fish in the foreground. 

A sign read: "If anyone is interested in the boats beyond this point please ask".

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I did not take many photo's of the motors but these larger HP motors were displayed well inside one of the buildings. 

I bought the one in the center of the photo for twenty dollars!  Yes, the rumors are true, things were selling DIRT CHEAP!  I bought two more dock-busters for roughly the same money.  I think one was just eighteen bucks.  The biggest was a Merc 800 of 80 HP.

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In addition to those three Mercury's I bought this Goodyear/Johnson for ten dollars because I liked the badges.  I was so overloaded I had to leave it there and am hoping someone can bring it this way if they have room!

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Cowls and wraps-a-plenty!  Many items sold for just a dollar or two after "Choice-out" was taken for a ten spot. 

An entire storage building full of control cables sold for around twenty dollars in total.  The pile was about a foot deep and ten feet square.

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Some of the boats that were on hand...

These too sold cheap!

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I had asked repeatedly if I could buy a boat for the trailer and leave the boat there.  Terry explained that this would be OK in the case of an aluminum boat but not fiberglass.

There was an excellent Tee Nee under this Lone Star that I wanted.

I watched with Terry as the bidding stalled at ten dollars!!! 

I didn't want to be responsible for the removal of a fiberglass boat from the property located nearly 1,000 miles from my home...

"Got ten who'll gimmee twelve?  Twelve dollars anyone?  Going, Going..."

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...at the last moment I asked Terry if I bid $200.00 for the package, would he dispose of the boat for me?

YES!

As the auctioneer was forming the words "sold for ten dollars" in his mind, I bid two hundred dollars...

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A hush fell over the crowd, then a gasp!  The auctioneer stammered "What?"

I repeated my bid.

Numerous bidders asked those beside them "what did he say?"

"Sold to bidder sixteen for two hundred dollars" exclaimed the auctioneer!

I had to laugh at the reaction, being from Illinois, it was the cleanest original Tee Nee I have ever seen but it was worth the bid just to see the shock and awe on the crowd. 

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Here is the boat I drove to Texas for and I won the bidding. 

I have known about this since Terry's father Norman acquired it twenty years ago.  No one has ever identified it and I believe it remains the only one known.  Pictures of this particular example appeared on FG some time ago.

This ended up being the most expensive boat by far, sold that day. 

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Another interesting piece, also unknown.  This appeared to have specially made stainless trim.  The transom is curved complicating replacement of the wood. 

Unfortunately, I could only haul one boat and did not want to arrange transport for this one as well.

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I spied another Tee Nee.  This one is my preferred design, a "T" frame.  It had an aluminum boat on it and the scrappers were present.  Most outboards went to them for bids of five or ten dollars and I suspect they were bidding on this boat.  I bought it for $75.00

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I took the tires off of it and loaded it first, facing backwards.  Then I loaded my unknown (but somewhat BUICK looking) boat onto the larger Tee Nee and pulled it onto the top. 

I strapped things very carefully knowing that both suspensions would need to move freely during the drive home. 

I loaded the three Mercury's into the truck bed and added some motor stands to the flatbed along with a dozen steering wheels dumped into the back of the boat.

Then I found the trailer was overloaded and a tire was rammed into a fender bracket!  The rig would not be going anywhere like that!  But what could be done?

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