‘Do I hear fifty?’

Photo by John McCaslin

After a lengthy absence in Rappahannock County, the rapid-fire speech of an auctioneer — known as an “auction chant” or “auction cry” — can be heard again, as the new company Thornton River Auctions and Real Estate has commenced bidding at 7 River Lane in Sperryville. Seen here picking up his bidding packet from Ashleigh Cannon Sharp is county resident Bill Fletcher. Veteran auctioneer Scott Strosnider of Stephens City, seen here in center, directs the bidding.

Photo by John McCaslin
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