Ever since he was a little boy, attending farm auctions with his dad, Anthony Emig has been fascinated with auctioneers.
The Trenton man started imitating them, trying to follow their techniques, and he’s been learning ever since.
Emig was named the 2017 Illinois Champion Auctioneer at the state fair and will continue on to the 2018 international competition in Jacksonville, Fla. As a part of his win, Emig sold the champion steer at the state fair — something he’s always wanted to do.
“I’ve been a big supporter of our own local 4H in St. Clair County,” Emig said, “so to be able to sell that grand champion steer was very emotional and a once in a lifetime thing.”
Gov. Bruce Rauner ended up buying the grand champion steer for $50,000, Emig said.
As the owner of Anthony’s Auctions in Trenton, Emig gets to do what he loves every day. He enjoys being able to be the person to get value out of items and real estate. He’s a firm believer that good auctions don’t just happen — they’re created.
Emig has competed in state competitions since 2011 and has been in the top five every year, he said. The competition depends not only on auctioneering skills, but on individual interviews, and legal and ethical aspects of auctioneering.
He attended the Certified Auctioneers Institute, a three-year prestigious training course for auctioneers. He granted from the Missouri Auction School in Kansas City, Mo., in 1996. Along with owning Anthony’s Auctions, Emig also works for Richie Brothers Auctioneers and Manheim St. Louis Auto Auction.
“It’s challenging, however I have learned so much throughout the years,” Emig said. “It seems to me as if I’m always going to be learning. I think every auctioneer, no matter how good they get, can always learn more.”