Ritchie Bros. March Auctions in Europe and the Middle East Attract Bidders From 86 Countries

By Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers, PRNE
Sunday, April 10, 2011

More Than 6,600 Equipment Items Were Sold for 900+ Consignors in Five Ritchie Bros. Auctions Across Europe and the Middle East

BREDA, The Netherlands, April 11, 2011 - Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers (NYSE and TSX: RBA), the world's largest
industrial auctioneer, attracted more than 4,200 bidder registrations from 86
countries at five separate unreserved equipment auctions held in Europe and
the Middle East last month. In total, 6,600+ equipment items and trucks were
sold for 900+ consignors at auctions held in Saint Aubin Sur Gaillon, France
(March 8); Dubai, United Arab Emirates (March 8 - 9); Caorso, Italy (March
); Ocana, Spain (March 17 - 18); and Meppen, Germany (March 31).

"Our March auctions in Europe and the Middle East were exciting," said
Guylain Turgeon, Managing Director EMEA, Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers. "In
Dubai, Caorso and Ocana we set several new site records, including number of
registered bidders and gross auction proceeds. These auctions featured large
quantities of late model equipment and trucks, which attracted large numbers
of bidders and allowed us to start strong in the region in 2011. We look
forward to further helping our customers buy and sell equipment at upcoming

There are more than 100 upcoming unreserved public auctions on the
Ritchie Bros. auction calendar, including auctions in Moncofa, Spain (April
14 - 15
), Moerdijk, The Netherlands (April 20 - 21) and Krakow, Poland (May
). For a complete list of auctions around the world, including dates and
additional details, visit the Company's web site at www.rbauction.com.

Ritchie Bros. March auctions in Europe & the Middle East:

    Quick Facts

    Bidder Registrations                     4,200+
    Online Bidder Registrations              1,300+
    Number of Countries Bidders came from       86
    Lots Sold                                6,600+
    Consignors                                 900+

New Records

- Dubai, UAE: March 8 - 9, 2011: New site records set for gross
auction proceeds (US$57 million), number of overall bidders (898) and
number of online bidders (239)

- Caorso, Italy: March 10, 2011: New site records set for gross
auction proceeds, number of bidders (898) and number of consignors (179)

- Ocana, Spain: March 17 - 18, 2011: New site records set for gross
auction proceeds (EUR33.7 million or US$47 million) and number of bidders

The Ritchie Bros. active mining equipment marketplace

Ritchie Bros. sold a total of 75 rock trucks at its unreserved auctions
in Ocana (Spain) and Dubai (UAE). At the Dubai auction, held March 8 - 9,
, the Company sold 20 2009 Caterpillar 777D rock trucks for a combined
US$15.7 million. Another 20+ late model Caterpillar 777F rock trucks were
sold at the Ocana auction held March 17 -18. Bidders competed on-site and
online for the trucks, with successful buyers coming from Australia, Germany,
Switzerland, Finland, Venezuela, United States and other countries.

"Demand for used equipment, particularly late model items, is showing
steady growth in the global market, which is leading to higher overall price
levels at our auctions," adds Mr. Turgeon. "Many businesses are choosing
Ritchie Bros. to help them sell assets they no longer need. We expose these
assets to a worldwide audience of potential buyers who are attracted to our
public unreserved auctions. Our unreserved auctions give equipment owners the
ability to sell their equipment on auction day to the highest bidders for
global market value."

About Ritchie Bros.

Established in 1958, Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers (NYSE and TSX: RBA) is the
world's largest industrial auctioneer, selling more equipment to on-site and
online bidders than any other company in the world. Ritchie Bros. offers
services that enable the world's builders to easily and confidently exchange
equipment. The Company conducts hundreds of unreserved public auctions each
year, selling a broad range of used and unused equipment, trucks and other
assets utilized in the construction, transportation, agricultural, material
handling, mining, forestry, petroleum and marine industries. Ritchie Bros.
has over 110 locations in more than 25 countries, including 43 auction sites
worldwide. The Company maintains a web site at www.rbauction.com and
sponsors an equipment wiki at www.RitchieWiki.com

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For more information contact: Alexander Ypeij, Communications Specialist Europe, Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers, Tel: +31-765-242-600 or email: aypeij at rbauction.com ; Or Guylain Turgeon, Senior Vice President & Managing Director EMEA, Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers, Tel: +31-765-242-600

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