PHOTOS: Crowds in a buying mood show up at the Nakashima auction

The latest auction for Snake River Auction was for the possessions of its founder and owner, Roger Nakashima. The auction was held Saturday, February 19 at the Malheur County Fairgrounds.

Vale’s Anitra Emery has a moment with auctioneer Roger Nakashima ahead of an auction to sell her personal and business assets. He is facing deadly cancer. A well-attended auction was held on Saturday February 19 at the Malheur County Fairgrounds. (The Zaitz/The Company)

ONTARIO – Backpacks, shovels, handcarts and more were up for grabs Saturday, Feb. 19, at auctioneer Roger Nakashima’s lifetime possessions auction.

Nakashima, who is facing life-threatening cancer, wanted to shut down his business, Snake River Auction, and get rid of much of his personal possessions. A team of auctioneers set to work in Girvin Hall at the Malheur County Fairgrounds and, by the end of the day, had emptied the building of every item.

“It went exceptionally well,” said Steve Hawkins, a member of the auctioneer team who kept a steady pace throughout the day.

Nakashima appeared for a while, chatting with well-wishers, then welcoming the crowds as the sale began. He urged the bidders to have a good time, then he said goodbye, leaving the crowd to set the price for the items of a lifetime.

Auctioneer Roger Nakashima, who is facing life-threatening cancer, encouraged bidders to have fun while auctioning off his personal and professional possessions. The items went up for auction at the Malheur County Fairgrounds on Saturday, February 19. (Les Zaitz/The Enterprise)

A white tag on the Glen Waddel saddle indicated an item that was being set aside to one day serve auctioneer Roger Nakashima, who is facing life-threatening cancer. The saddle, used by Nakashima for markings and roundups, was among those auctioned at the Malheur County Fairgrounds on Saturday, February 19. (Les Zaitz/The Enterprise)

Auctioneer Steve Hawkins teases bids on the personal and professional life of auctioneer Roger Nakashima, who is facing life-threatening cancer. The well-attended auction took place at the Malheur County Fairgrounds on Saturday, February 19. (Les Zaitz/The Enterprise)

Auctioneer Wesley Woolery Jr. works the crowd to move items from the personal and professional life of auctioneer Roger Nakashima, who is facing life-threatening cancer. The well-attended auction took place at the Malheur County Fairgrounds on Saturday, February 19. (Les Zaitz/The Enterprise)

The auctioneers at Snake River Auction are doing their best to entice bidders as they sell items from the personal and professional life of auctioneer Roger Nakashima, who is facing life-threatening cancer. The well-attended auction took place at the Malheur County Fairgrounds on Saturday, February 19. (Les Zaitz/The Enterprise)

Snake River Auction’s auctioneer Brendan Scott is doing his best to entice bidders as they sell items from the personal and professional life of auctioneer Roger Nakashima, who is facing life-threatening cancer. The well-attended auction took place at the Malheur County Fairgrounds on Saturday, February 19. (Les Zaitz/The Enterprise)

Auctioneers Wesley Woolery Jr and Brendan Scott are doing their best to entice bidders as they sell items from the personal and professional life of auctioneer Roger Nakashima, who is facing life-threatening cancer. The well-attended auction took place at the Malheur County Fairgrounds on Saturday, February 19. (Les Zaitz/The Enterprise)

Auctioneers for Snake River Auction coaxial bidders at the auction for company owner Roger Nakashima at the Malheur County Fairgrounds on Saturday, February 19. (The Zaitz / The Enterprise)

Potential bidders await the start of bidding for Roger Nakashima at the Malheur County Fairgrounds on Saturday, February 19. (Les Zaitz/The Enterprise)

Potential bidders view items from the personal and professional life of auctioneer Roger Nakashima, who is facing life-threatening cancer. The well-attended auction took place at the Malheur County Fairgrounds on Saturday, February 19. (Les Zaitz/The Enterprise)

Ropes await potential bidders at a sale of items from the personal and professional life of auctioneer Roger Nakashima, who is facing life-threatening cancer. The well-attended auction took place at the Malheur County Fairgrounds on Saturday, February 19. (Les Zaitz/The Enterprise)

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