Among the unusual items put up for auction by Dykes was this Batman drink cooling tub.

Among the unusual items put up for auction by Dykes was this Batman drink cooling tub.

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Debra Shaffer of Madison sits with her collection of beer steins.

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At the home of Covington resident Janet Frix, Bobby Dykes shows the dovetail construction on a vintage drill bit tool box that he dated to the 1800s.

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Branden Dykes displays a vintage tricycle as his father encourages bidding.

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This storefront on Jefferson Avenue in Eatonton is the location of Bobby Dykes' auctions.

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Auctioneer Bobby Dykes, left, assisted by Wayne Reynolds, middle, and Mike Gasaway, bring up items for bids.

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A recent Saturday night auction drew only a modest-sized crowd because the University of Georgia Bulldogs played a game that evening.

Citizen photographer Lee Depkin captured these images of former grocery story manager turned licensed auctioneer Bobby Dykes who operates The General Store of Eatonton and Auction House. His son Branden is the "picker" and Dykes, a Covington resident, is the seller. Auctions are held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday nights in downtown Eatonton. Dykes can be reached at 770-266-9642 or bobbydykes@att.net.