401 S. Pine Street, Florence, AL

About Us

A family serving your auction needs since 1939

Paul L. King, Sr., a successful sawmill owner, indirectly started an auction legacy. In the late 1930s, he joined Homer Wesson and Dewey Mitchell in running the livestock auction for the American Legion in Florence. After his passing in 1950, his oldest son P.L., only 18 at the time, took his place in running the auction. P.L. left to enlist in the Army but returned to the livestock auctions in his late 20s.

P.L. would continue to run the sale barn in Florence as King Livestock Auction until the early 1970s. He then left to run the American Legion Florence Trading Post, which is where Tennessee Valley Livestock auctions are held today.

Eventually, P.L. would leave the trading post to manage his own cattle operation in Saint Joseph, Tennessee. When his younger brother Henry established the real estate and auction company, P.L. joined him as a partner.

In the early 1970s, Henry L. King left his banking career and formally established King Realty and Auction Company, Inc. Over the years, he brokered many land sales including Regency Square (Florence) Mall and Blackberry Trail Golf Course. He served as President of King Realty and Auction Company, Inc. until his passing in 2014.

King Realty Auction Crew in the 1970s
Left to Right: H.M. Bobo, Marvin Whisenant, Bill Hallmark, Reuben Wylie, P.L. King, Jr.
Danny Griffin sitting at the table and Henry L. King standing on stage

Today, we are three generations strong. King Realty and Auction Company, Inc. remains family owned and operated in Florence, Alabama.

First Generation

P. L. King, Jr.
He may not get behind the auctioneering microphone anymore, but he will gladly still take your bid at our auctions!

Second Generation

Henry J. King
Henry J. King serves as President of King Realty and Auction Company, Inc. Henry left an engineering career to help his uncle, Henry L. King, with the real estate and auction company in 2012. He took over the company after Uncle Henry’s passing in 2014.

Paul L. King, III
Our auctioneer on sale days! He is the third generation auctioneer in the King Family. Paul has been helping with the real estate company since the early 1980s.

Harold L. King
While Harold’s main job is running the family cattle farm in Tennessee, he is a staple to the company on auction days.

Katy King Thomas

Katy, twin sister of Henry J. King, works mainly behind the scenes in the King Realty and Auction Company, Inc. office. She has helped with auctions for many years and currently handles all of our accounting and financial operations.

Third Generation

Courtney P. King
Courtney, daughter of Paul L. King, III, works in the King Realty and Auction Company, Inc. office part-time while attending UNA. She has been going to our auctions since she was 8 and now serves as our Auction Day Coordinator.

Paul L. King, IV “Drew”
Drew attends the University of Alabama – Huntsville but does not miss a chance to come home and help with the auctions.