Widow Seeks Auction Proceeds

Sandy Stricklin contracted with an auction company eight months ago.
She’s still waiting for her proceeds or even a list of what’s been sold.

Sandy says, “What I want to know is where my money is?
Sandy moved into an apartment right after her husband died. She turned over most of her personal belongings to Bunach Auctioneering of Omaha in January. She estimates $5,000 worth.

Sandy says,” They kept putting me off. They said they didn’t want to settle yet because they still had stuff on e-bay.” That was months ago.

Bunach Auctioneering is a family business going through some internal difficulties. Six On Your Side reached a co-owner who says he was unaware that Sandy had not been paid. The auctioneer promised to look for her records and pay her proceeds within seven days.

Sandy hadn’t known where to turn until contacting Six On Your Side. She hired an attorney who sent the auction company a demand letter that went unanswered.

Sandy says, “Lawyers have a bar association, doctors a medical board. What do we do with auctioneers? I don’t know how you put in a complaint.”

Bob Anderson with the Nebraska Auctioneers Association says auctioneers in Nebraska are not licensed and only need to be bonded if they sell real estate. He says the association has an ethics committee to try and resolve customer complaints.

Many other states do regulate auctioneering.

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