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The Auctioneer "David Hundertmark"
RUTLAND, Iowa - Auctioneering was a career
David Hundertmark was asked to pursue, His uncle, Cletis
Hundertmark needed an auctioneering partner in 1974, and
David was the person he wanted to work with. "At first
I didn't want to become an auctioneer, but I decided
to give it a try," said David. "That was 19 years
ago." David attended Reisch Auction School in Mason
City, Iowa, during March of 1974. He is a general auctioneer,
who has sold everything from antiques to real estate. David
began his career just days after returning from auction
school. He said, "I hadn't been out but just a couple
of days. I did a benefit sale-I wasn't quite ready, but
it worked out." Today, David and Cletis work together
under the name, Hundertmark Auction Service of Rutland.
The auction company serves north central Iowa near Humboldt.
David keeps very busy as a full time auctioneer and full
time farmer, he farms north of Humboldt. As far as a favorite
type of sale, David enjoys selling
toys. "Selling toys, farm toys, that's real interesting
business. I think I like it so much because I have a genuine
interest in it."
Whether or not the sale is loaded with toys does not matter,
David simply enjoys the business. He said, "The type
of sale really doesn't make a difference, whether it's real
estate or filled with $2.00 collectibles, they are all fun."
Working with different people everyday is what David likes
the most. "I like dealing with people. Everyone looks
at something different. There is no ho-hum with auctioneering,
it's always different." For the most part, David can
usually tell if an auction is going to be successful before
the sale day. "There doesn't necessarily have to be
a lot of people. You can tell what's going to happen before
the sale by the number of phone calls. "I know when
I publish a good sale, the ink will hardly be dry before
the calls will start coming in." He said another indication
is, if on the day of the event, people are there two hours
before the start just to look, generally it will be a good
sale. "People like to buy good quality as far as antiques
and collectibles are concerned. When they are there two
hours ahead of sale time. They're serious buyers."
David believes the auctioneering business is filled with
many knowledgeable and good people. "I like the auction
business. It is a very professional business to be associated
with." To people entering the auctioneering profession,
David advises them to stay persistent, "Sometimes it
doesn't look like the sun is shining, but stick with it.
It will shine eventually."