The Most Interesting Business Surplus and Manufacturing Equipment Auctions of 2019

The Most Interesting Business Surplus and Manufacturing Equipment Auctions of 2019



As we welcome in a new year, we’d like to highlight a collection of our most interesting auctions from 2019. From helicopters to sifted dirt, we’ve certainly seen some exciting auctions and look forward to seeing what 2020 has in store for the world of business surplus.



Sikorsky S76B Helicopters

Buy fully functional helicopter at auction

The State of New Jersey sold five fully functional helicopters over an 11-day auction.

  • Number of Assets: 5
  • Assets Included: Five fully functional helicopters
  • Opening Bid: $4,000,000
  • Total Bids: 11
  • Final Auction Value: $4.5 million

See current live auctions for Aviation

Ford and Freightliner Passenger Buses – Ford E450, F550, Freightliner XBR – 2015 to 2018 Models

A month-long auction event featuring 44 buses and vans ultimately won almost twice what had been offered by a single buyer to the client.

  • Number of Assets: 44
  • Assets Included: Vans and trucks
  • Total Bids: 2,604
  • Final Auction Value: $2.2 million

See current live auctions for transportation

Biopharmaceutical Equipment (North America) – Biotech, Pharmaceutical Processing & Laboratory Assets

Buy biopharmaceutical equipment processing and laboratory at auction

Final bids from this biopharma auction launched over 40% initial recovery estimates.

  • Number of Assets: 417
  • Assets Included: Biopharma lots; A Sartorius Fermenter System and an Agilent 7890A Gas Chromatography System
  • Total Bids: 5,999
  • Final Auction Value: Over $712k

See current live auctions for Biopharmaceutical Equipment

2,000 Cubic Yards of Sifted Fill Dirt – Sold Multiple Times!

Buy sifted fill dirt cubic yards at auction

This seller auctioned sifted fill dirt seven times in 2019… and we sold it every time.

  • Number of Assets: 8,500 in 2019
  • Assets Included: Cubic yards of sifted fill dirt
  • Total Bids: 28
  • Final Auction Value: $26k in total auction sales

See current live auctions for Scrap Metal and other construction fill

As you can see, 2019 wrapped up 20 years of delivering innovative solutions to business surplus. We can help you sell everything from helicopters to literally dirt – so what odd piece of business surplus do you have lying around that you’d like 3.6 million buyers to bid on?

To learn more about Liquidity Services’ dynamic range of solutions for manufacturers, please contact the Liquidity Services team. We are ready to help kick off 2020 and give your business surplus a second chance!

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