Serving You From the Heartland of America

  • Sold: $24,500
  • Sold: $92,000

Van Metre Iowa Realty and Auction Company was established in 1977 in State Center, Iowa. In 1978 Fred Van Metre moved to Marshalltown and opened the auction center. The Company has grown over the past 40 years into a Multi-million Dollar Real Estate Service and a Nationwide, Full-Service Auction Company! The Auction division conducts about 50 auctions per year. We specialize in Antiques, Tool & Business Auctions. We also hold local Estate & Household Auctions featuring coins & stamps, toys, pottery, glass, autos, trucks, specialty vehicles, farm equipment & Real Estate Auctions.

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Dillon LuptonDillon Lupton
00:08 05 May 24
I won a couple of bids last weekend. They were instantly in communication about the items I had purchased. One item was going to cost an arm and a leg to send. They gave me the option to pick it up in person. Im currently in texas for military and was told they would hold it until I got home so I could pick it up and save the money from having to shipped. Once the items were sent, I received them within 2 days in perfect condition! I will definitely be returning in the future. Very professional, respectful, and courteous. I will definitely be doing business with them again in the future!
Denise JorgensonDenise Jorgenson
01:31 12 Feb 24
My husband teases me when I have trouble remembering Van Metre. I usually say Van Halen. But, in my opinion, they are ROCK STARS. They have a wonderful facility to hold in person auctions, the staff is awesome, and the auctions run so smoothly. Plus, when purchasing online, their shipping is next to none. We can always find quality antiques for our store. Well worth the 3 hour drive. Thanks Fred and a big shout out to all your staff!!
Tammy HavlikTammy Havlik
22:21 01 Feb 24
A great outlet for true Midwest charm and hospitality. A well run auction with good reach to dealers, collectors and potential customers, online and in person at their well-appointed auction barn. During sales they handle Midwest antiques with the respect and explanation they deserve. I tell people with estates about them all the time. The highest bid is the final sale (no reserves) but they have a soft close, so that gives more room for bids to increase. If you have items to sell, their policy is to send a picture in email. Worth the try! Happy auctioning!
Tim HansenTim Hansen
18:57 15 Jan 24
Bought 3 times, sold 3 times, and never disappointed. It's well run , you are made known how things work ; before , and after the auction. Very Satisfied.
Harold BlattHarold Blatt
15:54 28 Aug 23
My wife and I have attended VanMetre auctions over the course of 30 plus years. We always know that the auctions will be interesting and honest. VanMetre Auction serves its customers cordially and with integrity. Thanks Fred, family and staff.
Craig WhiteCraig White
12:38 31 Jul 23
The staff at Van Metre Auction is very accommodating and produces an enjoyable auction experience. My wife and I look forward to attending their future live auctions.
Vera CampbellVera Campbell
17:24 04 Jul 23
Robert BlayerRobert Blayer
22:28 22 Jun 23
Van Metre always puts on a great professional auction. The only drawback is the lack of seating.
Renee LongRenee Long
11:09 09 Jun 23
My bf had his mower in action and we stayed all day at the aution and was amazing how nice it was and friendly
Brett GriffithBrett Griffith
00:05 13 Nov 21
Great group of people to deal with whether you are buying or selling.
Hazel PetersonHazel Peterson
20:53 10 Jul 21
Staff was very helpful the day we arrived to preview an item that would be auctioned the next day.
Dale GanskeDale Ganske
13:54 30 Oct 20
Best auction house in Iowa. Thanks ?.
Deb KingDeb King
18:31 10 Aug 19
These guys run a great Professional auction with quality merchandise.Always clean and well organized.
Alma SwansonAlma Swanson
13:42 18 Dec 18
Attended my first Van Meter Auction last Sunday. Everything was so orderly and clean. Things went right into my store and some sold within hours. It was great to see Mike there, afamiliar face from the west. Steve and Mike assisted in disassembling and showing us step by step how to set a grandfathers clock up again. When I told Mike I had a lifting restriction, he assisted. What a great auction house. Steve’s chant is very easy to listen to. It was a very fun auction and we are very proud of our new pieces in the store ——- Swan Antics, 1226 Second Street. Perry, IA