By Paula Blackwelder, Correspondent for The Lakeland Ledger

Since 1958, Lakeland’s Higgenbotham Auctioneers has been auctioning off everything from commercial real-estate to live animals, both in the United States and abroad.

The saying, “You never know what you’re going to get,” could not be truer than in the instance of being an auctioneer.

“We sold the entire city of White City, New Mexico,” said Marty Higgenbotham, founder of Higgenbotham Auctioneers, at 3816 Industry Blvd., in Lakeland. “The city had been chartered by a family, and when it got to the third generation, only one family member wanted to work in the town. With none of the other family members stepping up to the plate, he sold it.”

Higgenbotham said the contents of the town, located at the entrance to Carlsbad Caverns, included a gas station, countless business buildings and a five-story museum with an extensive collection of goods.

“That entire auction took four days,” he said. “We sold everything in the museum, from guns to dolls.”

Donald Kirkland has been working with Higgenbotham Auctioneers for 22 years and said that the company also handles out-parcel property sales for Wal-Mart and real estate on islands.

He said one auction that stands out for him was when the Polk County-based auctioneers ventured to Arizona to auction off the former estate of U.S. Presidential candidate, John McCain, but his favorite types of auctions are for charities.

“We’ve been doing an auction at the Lakeland Center for the March of Dimes for more than 20 years. We also do the Wild Game Feast for the South Lakeland Rotary Club, Ducks Unlimited, Wild Turkey Federation, Lighthouse Ministries and a lot more,” Kirkland said. “It’s just countless. Between Marty and me, we do 60-70 charities per year. It is such a blessing to do something that you enjoy that helps other people.”

Jackie Summerlin, director of the Polk County Youth Fair, noted that the county agency could not operate without Higgenbotham, because the state government no longer supports it financially.

“He provides the services and gets as much money as he can for these kids and brings people with him. If we need to earn some extra money for something, he helps. He does it all from the goodness of his heart and he also does his own fundraiser for the Youth Fair,” Summerlin said.

“He’s an extremely good influence on these kids. He’s always been there,” she added. “He’s extremely ethical, and he always says a prayer before each auction.”

Higgenbotham recalled a time at the Youth Fair when a student was killed in an automobile accident on the way there. “Another student brought his hog into the ring, and we sold that pig for $12 a pound, then raised several thousands more in add-ons. I really see that we honestly do something, and to me that is real charity. That is the most touching sale I do every year. Nothing else comes close.”

Reproduced here with permission. Originally published December 1, 2014 in the Lakeland Ledger

Cocoa, FL

Higgenbotham Auctioneers International (HAI) is pleased to announce the upcoming auction of A-Plus Auctions & Mini-Mall of Cocoa, FL. This sale will take place on Saturday, September 13th, 2014 at 10:00 am EST. The auction will be held live, on-site at the A-Plus Auction facility located at 3465 N US HWY 1, Cocoa, FL 32926. The public is welcome.

A well known, business in the Florida Auction world, A-Plus Auctions & Mini-Mall has specialized in antiques, gold & silver jewelry & flatware, estate sales, real estate, probate, bankruptcies, and business liquidations. After over three decades in business, the owner has decided to retire.

This is a great opportunity for a new investor/ operator. A-Plus Auction & Mini-Mall is a well established, TURNKEY operation. This sale will include the business,including a 6,250+/- SF commercial building on 1.40+/- acre lot with permanent road signage, parking lot lighting, as well as rental income from the adjacent auto repair shop.

Full terms of sale and additional property information can be found by visiting us at, or by calling 800-257-4161. We look forward to seeing you on Auction Day!

Looking for that spacious home in the country with acreage for the kids to roam and a dream workshop? We have just the right property. Located in eastern Hillsborough County and just minutes from Interstates 4 and 75, this immaculate property can be yours at auction prices.

On Saturday, August 16th, at 11:00am EST, Higgenbotham Auctioneers will offer this spacious 4BR/2BA home in Plant City, FL. This property features:

● 2,640+/SF of Living Space

● Recently Remodeled Kitchen & Bathrooms

● All new Whirlpool Gold Appliances

● 2+/- Acre fenced lot and well maintained lawn

● 40’x72’ Barn/ Workshop

● Quiet, Rural location

The auction will take place at 6613 Five Acre Road, Plant City, FL 33565.

A preview will be hosted on Sunday, August 10th, from 1:00pm – 4:00pm EDT.

For full terms of sale, property information package, and additional information, please visit us here , or contact John Haney at 813 716 5108.

On Friday, July 18th at 7PM,  Higgenbotham Auctioneers will be auctioning a gorgeous, 5 bedroom/ 4.5 Bathroom, two-story lakefront home at 710 Thompson Avenue, Maitland, FL 32751. This home features 4,041+/- SF of living space, a private boat ramp & dock (with lift), all located on 0.47+/- acres directly on beautiful Lake Sybelia in Maitland, FL.

Previews for this property will take place on site, Saturday, July 12th from 11AM to 2PM.

Full terms of sale and additional property information can be found by by calling800.257.4161. We look forward to seeing you on AUCTION DAY! 

Summit-03Higgenbotham Auctioneers International (HAI), in cooperation with BND Commercial is pleased to announce the upcoming auction of the Summit Ridge Apartment Community.   This sale will take place on Friday, June 20th, 2014 at 1:00 pm EST.  The auction will be held live at the Holiday Inn located at 4111 Paul Shaffer Drive, Fort Wayne, IN 46825 and is open to the public.

Comprised of 53 units in four buildings (with office), totaling 43,385±SF on 2.81± acres, this community has a track record for being an income-producing property. It boasts a ninety-two percent occupancy rate and below market rents. With multi-family cap rates compressing, this is an incredible investment opportunity.

Previews for this property will be conducted at the property, located at
5271 EastwickDrive,  Fort Wayne, IN 46815 on the following dates:

  • Friday, June 13th, 2014 – 1PM – 6PM EST
  • Saturday, June 14th, 2014 – 1PM- 4PM EST

Full terms of sale and additional property information can be found by visiting us here, or by calling 800-257-4161.  We look forward to seeing you on Auction Day!

Higgenbotham Auctioneers International (HAI) is pleased to announce the upcoming auction of 11 Loma Alta, Lakeland, FL 33813. This beautiful 3BR/2BA condominium has 1,955+/- SF of living space, tile floors, and tons of amenities! loma-condo-front-view-11

Amenities include:

  • Maintenance
  • Lawncare
  • Trash Removal
  • Pest Control
  • Access to community pool, clubhouse, tennis court

Personal Property will also be included in this auction!

To participate in this auction,join us at the Casa Loma Clubhouse  on September 18th at 6:00 PM EST.

For full terms of sale and additional information, please call us at 800.257.4161.

Winter Haven, FL August, 18, 2014

Higgenbotham Auctioneers is seeking new owner(s) for the following:

Real Estate including a lovely, 3BR/2BA , lakefront home on a total of 5.48+/acres, including a 4+/acre Murcott orange grove (with microjet irrigation), and 30’x40’ metal barn. The home features a stunning glass entryway, beautiful views of Lake McLeod, an open floor plan ( ideal for entertaining), vaulted ceilings, spacious kitchen with breakfast nook, large master suite with walk-in shower, garden tub, 12’x14’ walk-in closet, and sliding doors onto an air conditioned lanai, two car garage, and security system.

Personal Property including a Kubota tractor, John Deere mower, furniture, go-kart (great for getting around your new property), and more!

To find new owners, Higgenbotham Auctioneers will be hosting an auction live, onsite at
336 Gerber Dairy Road, Winter Haven, FL 33839 on Saturday, August 30th, at 10:00am EST.

Interested bidders and future new owners may preview the home and real estate on Sunday, August 24th, from 1:00pm – 4:00pm EST. Personal Property may be previewed day of sale 2 hours prior to auction.

For full

Terms of Sale, property information package, and additional information, please visit us here or call us at 800.257.4161.

photo_5_small3Higgenbotham Auctioneers International (HAI) is pleased to announce our Home & Personal Property Auction on July 26th, 2014.  This auction will be held live on-site at 1750  McCauley Rd, Clearwater, FL.

On-line bidding will also be available for  those who cannot make it to the sale in  person.

In addition to a lovely, 3BR/3BA home, this auction will feature a variety of domestic and exotic taxidermy, firearms & ammunition, bronze pieces, knives, antiques, furniture, and more!

The real estate for this auction may be viewed in advance on Saturday, July 19th, from 11AM- 2PM. Personal property previews will take place 2 hours prior to auction on Saturday, July 26th.

For details, including printable catalogs, property information, and terms of sale, visit

***It is the sole responsibility of the buyer to be in compliance with all local, state, and federal laws governing the purchase, possession, and transportation of any item acquired from Higgenbotham Auctioneers. Our offer to the sale is void where prohibited by law.***