The Auctioneer sold the apes upon the completion of their training in Ape Management or if a slave owner wished to sell their apes to new owners. He sold Caesar to Governor Breck in 1991. In the script, he discouraged anyone from bidding against the Governor, but in the film, he seemed to be unbiased to all customers. Part of the Auctioneer's job is to extol the virtues of the ape slaves in order to attract bids. When Ceasar was put on the auction block, the Auctioneer says how well Ceasar did during his indoctrination at Ape Management that they nearly recommended against conditioning. As expected, Ceasar's bidding goes higher than most other apes, attracting the attention of Breck, who on a whim, orders Ceasar to be bought. Mr. MacDonald, Breck's aide, shouts an expensive bid, causing the Auctioneer to remark "$1,500 for His Excellency Governor Breck!". MacDonald's bid (as proxy of Breck) wins, either because no other other bidder can afford to outbid him or the humans figure it would be foolhardy to get in a bidding war with the Governor, and Ceasar is transferred to Breck's command. The Auctioneer is not seen after the auction, and it is unknown if he perished during the ape revolt or the subsequent wars. However, it can be inferred that with the destruction of Ape Management during the Night of the Fires, the Auctioneer's career became moot.


  • The Auctioneer is played by Gordon Jump, who was also known as Mr. Horton in the "Bicycle Shop Man" episode of Different Strokes, but is arguably best known for a series of TV commercials as the Maytag Repairman.


Planet of the Apes - The Original Pentalogy Series
Planet of the Apes (APJ) Movies
Planet of the Apes | Beneath the Planet of the Apes | Escape from the Planet of the Apes | Conquest of the Planet of the Apes | Battle for the Planet of the Apes
Main Ape Characters
Zira | Cornelius | Zaius | Ursus | Milo | Caesar | Lisa | Virgil | Aldo | Cornelius II | Lawgiver
Supporting Ape Characters
Hunt Leader | Julius | Marcus | Galen | Honorius | Maximus | President of the Assembly | Lucius | Minister | Minister | Frank | Mandemus
Main Human Characters
George Taylor | Nova | John Landon | Dodge | John Brent | Mendez XXVI | Caspay | Ongaro | Albina | Fat Man | Lewis Dixon | Stephanie Branton | Otto Hasslein | Armando | Breck | MacDonald (Conquest) | MacDonald (Battle) | Kolp | Mendez I
Supporting Human Characters
Stewart | Maddox | Verger | General Winthrop | General Faulkner | The President | Chairman of the President's Committee of Inquiry | E-1 | E-2 | Inspector Hoskyns | TV Newscaster | Mrs Riley | Mutant Captain | Jake | Jake's friend
Horse | Gorilla in Zoo
Items / Weapons
Sacred Scrolls | Human Doll | Alpha-Omega Bomb | Grape Juice Plus
Important Events / Battles
Ape Rebellion
Bellatrix | Orion | Earth's Moon | Ape City | Forbidden Zone | Statue of Liberty | Queensboro Plaza | Radio City Music Hall | Grand Central Terminal | New York Stock Exchange | St. Patrick's Cathedral' | New York City | Jefferson Public School | Los Angeles | Los Angeles Zoo | Forbidden City | Ape City (Caesar's City) | Council
Betrayal of the Planet of the Apes | Exile on the Planet of the Apes | Planet of the Apes: Ursus| Planet of the Apes/Green Lantern | Kong on the Planet of the Apes | Tarzan on the Planet of the Apes
Soundtrack Music
Planet of the Apes (Soundtrack Album) | Beneath the Planet of the Apes (Soundtrack Album) | Escape from the Planet of the Apes (Soundtrack Album) | Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (Soundtrack Album) | Battle for the Planet of the Apes (Soundtrack Album) | Music Of The Planet Of The Apes
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