Bidders flock from across UK to field where it all began

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Fifty-two years after they sold a Cotswold farm, rural land agents Moore Allen & Innocent returned to the same field to auction the farm machinery of the man who bought it.

John Peel purchased the 1,000 acre Dudgrove Farm, near Fairford, at the sale in 1961. And when he decided to contract out his land, he asked Moore Allen & Innocent to conduct the sale of 84 pieces of farm machinery – ranging from ploughs and cultivators to tractors and a combine harvester – from the very same field.

And as the vendor had been a Brigade Major in the Brigade of Guards before turning to farming, the auctioneers carefully set out the lots to represent a regimental parade.

Over 100 farmers and dealers flocked from all over the UK – including Scotland, Ireland and Cornwall – on Tuesday, October 15 for a chance to bid on the equipment, which was described by auctioneer Peter Kirby as being “maintained to an extremely high standard.”

As expected, the top price of the day was achieved by the 2009 John Deere T56 combine harvester, which sold for £86,000. A 2007 New Holland T7050 tractor achieved £40,000, while a 2009 New Holland T6030 tractor made £29,000 and a 2001 New Holland 8770 tractor realised £20,250.

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