Venneper Auction (79) Huge collection of horse-drawn carriages: ‘Grandfather’s carriage will also disappear’

In the coming days, retired businessman Gert van Groningen (79) will bid farewell to the Vennep collection that Santa Claus would be jealous of. His massive collection of sleds, buggies, buggies, carriage lamps, carriage bells, costumes and other special items will be auctioned off. “Because a lot of things are put together, it’s 1,200 pieces, but it could be 2,000.”

Gert van Groningen auctioning a collection of museum carriages and sleighs – Troostwijk Auctions / Gert van Groningen

He started his group campaign about forty years ago, when his daughter turned 18 and past the pony club, he told NH Nieuws. Then I bought her a big horse with a small cart.

The cart can accommodate one person at most. “We thought this was inconvenient, so we bought a bigger cart. It gave us the opportunity to walk around the area together and drink coffee.”

Landau wagon

The family had planned to sell the old wagon, but somehow that never happened, says the collector. And when Van Groningen once again set his sights on the charming Landauer chariot soon after? “Then the first and second did not disappear, and I could repeat this story fifty times.”

“The crook cart from 1900, don’t sit in it in your jeans”

Gert van Groningen Mosque

Most of his collection is in the buildings surrounding his home. “I hope to be 80 next year, and that shed and those cottages need maintenance,” he says, citing his age as the main argument for selling his collection. “I sold my property,” he adds, adding the impending lack of space as a second argument.

His daughter and wife always helped keep the group clean. “The barns are completely dust-free, but once we use the carts, they have to be cleaned.” In fact, Van Groningen not only built his collection to be admired, but also to be used.

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Slipper from the Van Groningen collection – Troostwijk . Auctions

“We went to Bokbierdag in Zutphen once a year, usually with hawala and our horses,” he recalls one event where he and his family lived at home. And – no joke – when it snowed in winter, he took one of his ten horse-drawn sleds (see above).

transport dress

“You have to dress according to the carriage,” he explains why, in addition to his huge fleet, he also amassed a large wardrobe of costumes. “I also have a hustler cart from 1900, you don’t just sit on it in your jeans.”

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“Boevenwagen” from the collection of Gert van Groningen – Troostwijk Auctions

One problem with fashion, which often dates back to a bygone era, is that it is too young for many people today. “People used to be a lot smaller,” says de Weniber, who says he has a great build, “but I’ve had some replicas in my own size.”

grandfather’s wooden cart

These costumes will also be under the hammer in the coming days, just like his grandfather’s old wooden chariot. “He traded in scrap iron and paper, bought attic permits, and then passed that rag cart.” The camper has more sentimental value than many others, but Van Groningen is unrelenting. “It’s something special to me, but it will also go away.”

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Coach from the Van Groningen Group – Troostwijk Auctions

The collector van Groningen – the third person after his father and father to run the family business in (recycling) scrap iron – decided not to get rid of two items: a cart and a horse-drawn sleigh. “I sold my horses, but one companion still had two horses with me. Then I could still get away with them.”


Finding someone to take over the whole group is like looking for a needle in a haystack, he says. This is why he decided to auction the items separately. “I would have preferred a physical auction,” he admits. However he understands very well that the size of his group requires the widest possible target group (and therefore online). “Because someone from Spain doesn’t come here to auction.”

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A counterfeit from the Van Groningen Auction Collection – Troostwijk

There are already quite a few foreign bids in: ‘Italy and France and many bids from England’. He loves it when his collector’s stuff is over, but that’s not the highest honor. “A museum from Germany is interested,” he says hopefully.

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He prefers not to answer questions about what he thinks the group deserves or what he hopes to get. He admits that the madman has little to offer in return. “If there are two enthusiasts competing against each other, it may be nice. But if there is only one viewer, it may be disappointing.” According to him, the museum’s participation in the show makes no difference: museums do not receive a discount or priority.

“Everything has been carefully restored and outfitted with proper counterfeiting”

Auctioneer Mino Westerbrink

According to auctioneer Menno Westerbrink of Troostwijk Auctions, the collection belongs to the Upper Netherlands. “There are really unique elements between them,” he says in a press release. “Everything has been carefully restored and outfitted with proper rigging.”


Due to the group’s size, items will be auctioned over a three-day period. first auction Closes on Monday, April 11th at 7pm, The second On April 13th at 7 pm and the third On April 14th at 7 pm.

In total, about fifty wagons, between ten and twenty sleighs and hundreds of other items, including costumes, shoes, suitcases, watches and toys, are auctioned off.

viewing day

This Saturday (9 April), there is the possibility to see things in real life between 10:00 and 16:00 during the viewing day at ‘t Kabel 30 in Nieuw-Vennep.

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