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June 2020

Kraft Auction Service’s 44th Anniversary Auction Sees Over $6 Million in Winning Online Bids Through

OCALA, Florida — February 8, 2021

Kraft Auction Service celebrates the career of its founder, Colonel Conrad Kraft, every year with a huge anniversary auction that has grown to become the Indiana-based company’s biggest event. Conrad built Kraft Auction Service in 1976 and managed the company until his son, Jonathan Kraft, took over in 2005. This year marked the 44th anniversary auction—a two weekend, multi-day event full of one-of-a-kind items, including antique jewelry, collectibles, custom vehicles, rare coins and currency, vintage motorcycles, and many other unique, high-value auction items.

Kraft Auction Service utilized to bring online bidders to the live webcast event. In total, provided Kraft Auction Service with more than 94,000 total bids from 46,744 unique bidders during the two-weekend anniversary auction.

44th Anniversary Antique & Collectible Auction Highlights

Online bidders—generated from Kraft Auction Service’s hosted website (, Indiana’s state online portal (, and proper—accounted for the $6-plus million in gross auction proceeds. During the second weekend alone, maximum bids submitted to reached more than $3.8 million. Lots sold include the following:

2000 Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Wrist Watch

Sold Price: $10,500 (USD)
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Frank Dudley “Thru Drifted Snow” Oil On Canvas

Sold Price: $23,000 (USD)
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1962 Jaguar E-Type XKE “Flat Floor” Roadster

Sold Price: $125,000 (USD)
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1937 Harley-Davidson EL Knucklehead Motorcycle

Sold Price: $58,000 (USD)
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Vintage 1960s Gibson ES-335 TD Guitar

Sold Price: $10,000 (USD)
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About Kraft Auction Service

Kraft Auction Service is a professional auction service based in Valparaiso, Indiana. We have been serving buyers and sellers from around the world since 1976. The company was founded by Conrad Kraft, who is still active in the business today. Conrad built the business on honesty and integrity, forming a strong base for Jonathan to take over in 2005. Today, Kraft Auction Service conducts the largest auctions in Northwest Indiana and is the only auction company in the area conducting online-only auctions. Kraft Auctions has the capability to host auctions across the country and has recently conducted sales throughout Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Missouri, and Ohio. Consignments and buyers come from all over the United States and the world.

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