And the winning bidder is …
Matt Tachdjian, the owner of a pair of Honda dealerships in Glendale and the City of Industry.
He plunked down $25,000 over the weekend and bought the vintage John Deere tractor that was recently restored, then auctioned off in the name of the Centennial Farm Foundation.
The thousands of dollars will go directly to the foundation, which educates children at the Orange County Fairgrounds on the importance of agriculture. The bidding took place during the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction staged at the fairgrounds in Costa Mesa.
"It seemed like a good cause," said Tachdjian, who said the bidding was mostly between him and another man up until the $22,000 mark.
"Then I just said '$25,000!' and was done with it," said Tachdjian, recounting the bidding war over what amounts to a shiny green-and-yellow Americana agricultural icon.