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MOBRIDGE (AP) — A man in a northern South Dakota city is auctioning off vehicles this month that he's collected for the last 40 years, even attracting a bidder from Denmark.

Kerry Droog, owner of K & K Auto Parts in Mobridge, told the Aberdeen News that his collection of more than 300 vehicles and parts are participating in an online auction on a website called The auction began in May and ends June 26.

"It's time to give some of these a new owner," Droog said. "I just don't want to leave a mess for my wife."

Droog said many of the vehicles are missing pieces but that he hopes buyer will restore them. He said bidders have been calling from places across the country as well as in Denmark. His favorite vehicles he's selling include a Chevrolet from the 1920s and Dodge Power Wagons.

The 54-year-old started collecting old automobiles because his father, Preston Droog, runs auctions for a living. But Kerry Droog prefers collecting more than selling.

"I like how the craftsmanship was, I like the quality," he said. "I have a thing for the old stuff."

Kerry Droog said he'll continue collecting after the auction ends.

Preston Droog opened Droog's Auction Service with his wife, Diane, after he attended the World Wide College of Auctioneering in Iowa in 1969.

"I've always liked it," he said. "I always wanted to do it."

He and his wife auction off items such as old tractors, vehicles, guns and real estate.