Since 1949, Kirk Brothers Auctioneers has served Southwest Kansas and surrounding areas with live auctions of land, equipment, vehicles, antiques, estates, guns, coins and more. Established by Harold Kirk, the company is now operated by its third generation of auctioneers — Randy, Gena and Wade Kirk.
In 2016, Kirk Brothers Auctioneers relaunched their website with a new online bidding feature. By offering online auctions, they provided sellers in Southwest Kansas and beyond with an opportunity to reach bidders across the nation. The boosted exposure and seamless platform continues to provide sellers and buyers alike with an unmatched online auction experience.
Taking the Technology Turn
By Norma Immroth
“We need to change with the times,” stated Wade Kirk, the third-generation auctioneer.
Wade and his sister-in-law, Gena Kirk, who pre-plans the auctions, decided to use technology and do online auctions for agriculture and farming equipment.
“We will not be charging a buyer’s premium,” noted Gena Kirk.
The farming equipment will stay with the seller. It will not be transported, until it is sold. Money will be wired for payment, and the buyer will make arrangements to pick up the equipment.
Due to the health of the now 89-year-old twin brothers, Harold and Harlan, Randy (second-generation son of Harold) continues to lead the group, along with his son, Wade. Others involved in this new adventure include Laura Noll, new web designer; Wade’s wife, Sarah Kirk; and Shelly Cronin, who has put sale bills on the website in the past.
“We will continue doing regular auctions, estates and appraisals,” stated Wade.