SAM E. DOWNS AUCTIONEERS began operation in 1936 under the sole guidance of Olen E. Downs of Sedalia, Missouri. During the early years of the Great Depression, Mr. Downs sold two prize coon hounds and borrowed fifty dollars from a neighbor to attend auction school and engaged in his beloved profession of auctioneering. It was perhaps this unabashed affection for his livelihood and genuine interest in people that assured Mr. Downs a successful career spanning over 8,000 auctions conducted in many states.
Upon Mr. Down’s retirement in 1984, ownership of the business was transferred to his son, Sam E. Downs. Sam had been licensed auctioneer since 1980 and an active participant in the family auction service. Desiring to expand the business to encompass other areas of auction liquidation, the business was relocated Fair Play, Missouri.
Established by corporate charter in the state of Missouri, SAM E. DOWNS AUCTIONEERS is a fully staffed, professional organization specializing in construction, industrial and general business liquidation auctions. Extensive experience in these fields as well as a comprehensive direct mailing list provides a broad market base of potential buyers to assist in recovering more net monies for your assets.
Today, SAM E. DOWNS AUCTIONEERS is run with the same integrity, ethics and professionalism as it was upon its founding. Sam believes the primary responsibility is to our client; and we strive to treat each auction as if it were our own. We have continued to improve our staff and utilize the latest advertising and marketing methods to attract the most qualified buyers for your merchandise. SAM E. DOWNS AUCTIONEERS is a “hands on” company that believes from start to finish; from inventory to final settlement, your auction is our primary concern. We are a fully licensed, bonded and insured auction service and retain quality personnel who welcome the opportunity to work with you to ensure that your auction is a successful one.