In 1947, Cleve Iman started Iman Auction Company in Salisbury, MO, calling auctions when he wasn’t training hunting dogs or serving as the Chariton County Sheriff. Cleve was known in the region for his humorous anecdotal stories during the auction and for being a man who cared for his customers not just as a businessman but as a good neighbor.

During the 80’s Cleve’s sons took over the business, with Ben Iman bringing it to where it is today…one of the regions most trusted and respected auction companies selling antiques, estates, real estate and record priced land.

Carrying on the tradition, third-generation auctioneer, Eric Iman, continued the auction legacy in Kansas City. Eric went to auction school in Kansas City’s West Bottoms in 1994, and has assisted in and conducted over a thousand auctions in the Midwest ranging from multi-day antique and art estates to million dollar real estate auctions. Having been around antiques his entire life and having studied art history at the University of Missouri – Columbia, Eric focused his efforts on providing knowledgeable and professional auction services in the areas of estates, art and antiques.

There is also a political tradition within the Iman family.  Cleve liked to point out that, “if it wasn’t for President Roosevelt, my family would have starved to death.”  He was a person who preferred spending time with coon hunters rather than millionaires, finding dignity in a life lived rather than in power gained.  Eric has always taken this to be the core of his ethics, and now works to promote the ideas of humanitarianism, justice and equality in his family and community.  While no longer participating in the auction business, Eric can be found helping his wife Erica at her ever-busy art studio on Troost, or playing wiffleball with his daughter, Ona.

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