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Going...Going...Still Going

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NEAR RUSHFORD, Minn. (KTTC) -

Bertram Boyum is a legend in our neck of the woods. He's the oldest living auctioneer in the state. Perhaps even the country.

"I'm 99 years old. And I don't even think about it," said Bertram Boyum, auctioneer.

For more than 50 years, Bertram's auctioneer chant has led thousands of auctions. He's sold an untold amount of merchandise from farm machinery to gift baskets. Even a birthing table. "It comes from Tanzania. It's a chair with short legs. They sit down on it, and the baby drops right out."

His secret to success? A perfect blend of a courteous nature, sense of humor and a well-paced chant.

"To be a good auctioneer you've got to be understood!" 

Bertram has had decades of practice, honing his skills. In 1966, he gave up the family farm life to go back to school in Mason City. It's where he learned that life as an auctioneer isn't easy.

"We didn't even have PA systems. Your voice got broke in!"

These days, Bertram's got technology to help him work magic as he leads a charity auction in Rushford, Minnesota. It's one of many this year. You can almost guarantee the winning bidder will wear a smile. 

Bertram has no plans of slowing down. A busy auctioneer and social calendar keeps him on his toes. He drives. And he's got a sweetheart. A younger woman, 15 years his junior.

In 1995 Bertram was inducted in to the Minnesota auctioneer's Association Hall of Fame. A real honor in a lifetime of achievement. Years later, he's still going strong!
 


 

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