Leroy Van Dyke performs "The Auctioneer"

Leroy Van Dyke performs "The Auctioneer"

"The Auctioneer" (also known as "The Auctioneer's Song") is a 1956 country song by Leroy Van Dyke.It was co-written with Buddy Black

Van Dyke was inspired to write the song from his own experiences as an auctioneer and those of his second cousin, Ray Sims.

He wrote it while stationed in Korea during the Korean War, and first performed it to troops on the same bill as Marilyn Monroe.After finishing his service, Van Dyke entered the song in a Chicago talent contest. It gained him a record contract with Dot Records. "The Auctioneer" subsequently topped the pop music chart,selling 2.5 million copies.

Leroy Van Dyke The Auctioneer Lyrics


There was a boy in Arkansas who wouldn't listen to his ma

When she told him that he should go to school

He'd sneak away in the afternoon, take a little walk and pretty soon

You'd find him at the local auction barn

Well he'd stand and listen carefully then pretty soon he began to see

How the auctioneer could talk so rapidly

He said, "Oh my it's do or die I've got to learn that auction cry

Gotta make my mark and be an auctioneer"

25 dollar 30 now 30 dollar 30 dollar 

30 dollar 30 dollar give me a hollar 30 dollar

who will bid it at a 35 dollar bid?

35 dollar 35 35 make it 35 and a 35 make it 35 and a 35 

Who will bid it at a 35 dollar bid?

As time went on he did his best and all could see he didn't jest

He practied on and then some night and day

His pappy'd find him behind the barn just a workin up an awful storm

As he tried to imitate the auctioneer

Said his pappy, "Son we just can't stand a havin' a mediocre man, 

You gotta take that auction usin' our good name.

I'll send you off to auction school and then you'll be nobody's fool

You can take your place among the best"

35 dollar 40 now 40 dollar 40 dollar 

40 dollar 40 dollar give me a hollar 40 dollar

Who will bid it at at a 40 dollar bid?

40 dollar 45 45 will you make it 45 give me 45 and a 45

Who will bid it at a 45 dollar bid?

So from that morning he went to school there grew a man who played it cool

He came back home a full fledged auctioneer

And people came from miles around just to hear him make that rhythmic sound

That filled their hearts with such a happy cheer

His fame reached out from shore to shore he had all he could do and more

He had to buy a plane to get around

Now he's the tops in all the land so let's all give that man a hand

He's the best of all the auctioneers

45 dollar 50 now 50 dollar 50 dollar

50 dollar 50 dollar give me a hollar 50 dollar

Who will bid it at a 50 dollar bill?

50 dollar 55 55 make it 55 and a 55 make it 55 and 

Sold that horse for a 50 dollar bill

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