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In 1976, Roscoe Putnam began working for Joe Barber, Jr. and Larry Gray at one of New England largest auctioneers, Barber Sales, Inc. in Lebanon NH.  There he learned the basics of auctioneering; running, lotting and bid calling. In those early years, Roscoe practiced his bid calling a lot, often annoying his siblings to no end.  He knew right from the start that auctions were going to be a part of his life.


Through the years, Roscoe continued to attend auctions and became a consignor and buyer and learned more about property values.  In 2008, Roscoe attended auction school and in 2009, passed his NH Auctioneer's exam and became a licensed New Hampshire auctioneer.


In 2009, Roscoe and partner Robert Lohman opened Putnam Auction Barn in in Langdon NH where they held auctions in the spring, summer and fall.  In 2010 Putnam Auction Barn became R.H. Putnam Auctions and continues to be a leader in auction sales in New Hampshire.

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In 2008,  while attending auction school, Roscoe met Tom Troon who was an instructor at the school.  Tom has over forty years of auction experience and a long history of teaching auctioneering.  An immediate friendship began and the two began discussing the possibility of opening an auction school.  In early 2011, the Northeast School of Auctioneering was approved as an auction school by the NH Board of Auctioneers.  NESA is approved by all New England states as well as the NAA.


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