An Oklahoma liquidator's auction of seven Navy ship anchors invoked nostalgia for some, but other bidders just wanted a big ol' anchor.
All of the steel anchors, most weighing 35,000 pounds, sold — fetching $1,340 to $3,500 each. Three will remain in the state, to become yard art or decor at a marina. One is traveling to Florida for the centerpiece of an outdoor garden. Two will be seaworthy again with a new home in Massachusetts. None is headed to the scrap yard.
In one of its more unique auctions, Government Liquidation in Oklahoma City sold the anchors to individual buyers after purchasing them from the federal government.
Massachusetts resident Conrad Roy, who operates a marine salvage company, bought two. The anchors cost him $3,100 and $3,500 each, but transporting to the East Coast will cost nearly double that. Still, he says it was an opportunity he couldn't pass up.
“You can't find that many big anchors,” he said. “When you need 'em, they could be anywhere in the world.”
The average price for one is a dollar a pound, he said, so he considered his purchase a steal.
Another buyer, Scott Fischer, started bidding on a whim with the idea of displaying it at his marina on Lake Texoma.
“Once we get it, we're going to look into the history of the anchor,” said Fischer, who is president of Dippin' Dots and the son of Chaparral Energy CEO Mark Fischer.