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Robert Lee New poses for a photo sitting at his auctioneer’s table. He has owned New’s Auction Service in Carrollton since 1974.
Highest bidder: New makes auction business his career

Becoming an auctioneer was a lifelong dream for Robert Lee New, owner of New’s Auction Service in Carrollton. New recalls going to sales as a child and listening to the auctioneers sell tobacco.

“We raised tobacco, sold tobacco, and I always was fascinated by the tobacco market,” he said. “That’s what I really wanted to be.”

While he was actually born in Owen County, New was raised on a farm on Dividing Ridge in Carroll County.