Donnelly Auctions (Iowa Auction House)



2015-06-26 10:54:52

Donnelly Auctions is an Auctioneer and Appraisal Service located in Independence, a town in eastern Iowa.


In the last decade the company has specialised in household items, farm machinery, firearms, antiques and farm land auctions. The company also provides full appraisal services, particularly on residential, commercial and agricultural properties.

Emmett Donnelly was born and raised in Iowa and the company’s roots can be traced back to how he embraced his agricultural and bucolic surroundings. His interest in auctioneering begun when, as a child, he spent his Saturday mornings at a local livestock sale barn. These formative experiences encouraged Emmett to enrol at the Reisch Worldwide College of Auctioneering in 1978.

Having graduated in 1981 from the University of Iowa, Donnelly returned to the very same company that had put him on the road to auctioneering and became the operator and general owner of the Independence Livestock Sales Company. During the next twenty years, Donnelly branched out in a variety of industrial sectors and, having established himself in the local auction business, earned his Certified General Real Property Appraiser License from the State of Iowa.

Donnelly has since become a member of both the Iowa Auctioneers Association and the National Auctioneers Association and has a breadth of experience organising and conducting auctions, not only for local households, but for federal agents, banks, farms, private estates, charitable organisations and state institutions. Donnelly has a dependable and comprehensive background in dealing with the marketing and selling of a wide array of items, ranging from antiques and small collectables, personal property, farm equipment and land, real estate and processing business liquidations. Additionally, Donnelly has been involved with the consultation and appraisal for commercial, residential and agricultural properties for national and local loaning institutions, the private sectors and various government agencies, including the FEMA and USDA.

Service and Expertise

Donnelly Auctioneering and Appraisal Service use the latest internet technology to provide detailed information and the ability for potential buyers to bid on items before they have even reached the auction room. They also use the most up to date computer software in order to consummately complete appraisals online and, in addition, offer absentee bidding and live phone bidding. The company also offer free one to one consultations.

  • Emmett Donnelly: Auctioneer
  • Dan Flaucher: Head Clerk
  • Carrie Tarpy: Clerk
  • Renee Tarpy: Clerk
  • Delene Donnelly: Clerk

Donnelly Auctioneering and Appraisal Serve sell a wide selection of items for agricultural and residential spaces.

  • Household
  • Farm Machinery
  • Residential
  • Farm Land Auctions
  • Antiques
  • Coins and Currency
  • Properties Appraisal (i.e. residential, commercial and agricultural)

Notable Sales

In January 2011 a 1957-1958 Evinrude Fleetwin boat engine was sold for $15.

In January 2011 a Marlin Glefield shotgun was sold for $60.

In January 2011 a Model 1990 HydroStream ZT speedboat sold for $1,750.

In January 2011 a plump octagon barrel Western Field shotgun sold for $230.

In January 2011 a Remington Model 7400 30-06 sold for $380.

In January 2011 a .45 calibre Glock sold for $430.

In January 2011 an antique .38 calibre Smith & Wesson in poor condition sold for $50.

In January 2011 an antique .44 calibre black powder single shot pistol was sold $60.


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