FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A South Florida man thought he snagged a deal when he paid $9,100 in an online auction for what he thought was a villa. What he got was a 1-foot-by-100-foot...
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Dallas-based law firm placed the winning $1.435 million bid for a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee that the city put in an online auction almost two years after...
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An anonymous bidder has offered more than $4.5 million to have a private lunch with billionaire investor Warren Buffett, shattering the previous record of nearly $3.5 million...
Online bidding for Bangor Mall drawing to a conclusion
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — The fate of the Bangor Mall will be known soon.
Ten-X Commercial expects to conclude an online auction for the shopping mall on Tuesday. The starting bid was listed as...
Fans buy ‘Little House on the Prairie’ star’s memorabilia
GENOA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — More than 200 items belonging to "Little House on the Prairie" star Melissa Gilbert and her husband, Emmy-winning actor Timothy Busfield, have been purchased in an estate sale in Michigan.
BLM oil and gas lease sale lands over $538,800 in bids
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — An online auction of oil and gas leases by the Bureau of Land Management has landed more than $538,800 in bids this week.
The auction held Tuesday offered 23 parcels covering some 12,500 acres (5,058 hectares) in Montana for oil and gas leasing through the competitive online auction.
The BLM says it received bids on 21 of the parcels.
Stephen Hawking’s wheelchair sells for $393,000 at auction
LONDON (AP) — A wheelchair used by physicist Stephen Hawking has sold at auction for almost 300,000 pounds ($393,000), while a copy of his doctoral thesis fetched almost 585,000 pounds ($767,000), auctioneer Christie's said Thursday.
The motorized chair, used by Hawking after he was paralyzed with motor neuron disease, raised 296,750 pounds in a Christie's online auction. It had been expected to fetch up to 15,000 pounds.
Massachusetts planning online auction of unclaimed property
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts is planning another online auction of items from its Unclaimed Property Division.
Treasurer Deborah Goldberg says her office will be exhibiting some of the items that will soon be auctioned on eBay.com beginning at the Massachusetts Statehouse on Monday.
The items will subsequently be shown in Cape Cod, Plainville, Springfield, and Worcester, all leading up to the online auction starting on Saturday.
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Diamonds are a North Carolina Goodwill’s best friend
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Diamonds are a Goodwill's best friend.
News outlets cite a news release from Goodwill Industries of Central North Carolina in reporting a Greensboro resident recently donated an 18-karat, white gold necklace featuring 176 diamonds. Appraised at $6,480, the necklace has attracted 10 bids on Goodwill's online auction .
Miami Beach offering 6 lifeguard towers in online auction
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The city of Miami Beach is offering six iconic and colorful lifeguard towers in an online auction.
The auction began Tuesday and officials say the towers have sold brought in between $100 and $3,500 in previous sales.
The Sun Sentinel reports the city is replacing the towers with newer ones that are more resistant to hurricanes.
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A mother and a daughter with a love of the macabre have won an online auction to spend a night in the Massachusetts bedroom where Lizzie Borden is thought to have killed her stepmother with an ax.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A private jet once owned by Elvis Presley that has sat on a runway in New Mexico for nearly four decades is back on the auction block.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An anonymous bidder offered more than $3.3 million Friday for a private lunch with Warren Buffett, an amount just short of the record paid in 2016 and 2012 for the chance to pick the brain of the renowned investor and philanthropist.
An online auction that raises money for the Glide Foundation's work to help the homeless in San Francisco ended Friday night on eBay with a winning bid of $3,300,100. The winner wished to remain anonymous.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Latest on the winning bid for a lunch with investor Warren Buffett (all times local):
An anonymous bidder has offered more than $3.3 million to win a private lunch with legendary investor Warren Buffett.
The online auction that raises money for the Glide Foundation's work to help the homeless in San Francisco ended Friday night on eBay with a winning bid falling just short of the previous record.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Property that once belonged to an online Ohio charter school is being liquidated in an online auction that runs through mid-June.
Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, better known as ECOT, closed in January after the State Department of Education determined the school owed what's become an $80 million tab for failing to document how much time students spent learning during two school years.
Caricature of Thai scholar raises money for dissidents
BANGKOK (AP) — A cartoonist who lampoons Thailand's military government has done a caricature of a historian critical of the nation's monarchy and sold it in an online auction to raise money for legal aid for political dissidents, a legal aid group said Monday.
Anon Nampha of the group Thai Lawyers for Human Rights, the beneficiary, said the money, about 200,000 baht ($6,400) will be used to bail out political prisoners.
Chief Wahoo bobbleheads, other merchandise hot item on eBay
CLEVELAND, Ohio – Chief Wahoo might be on its way out officially, but the image probably will live for quite some time.
As of Monday, there were more than 900 items on eBay, including decals, stickers, hats, pins, earrings, cards, patches, hoodies, pennants and banners showing the toothy, wide-eyed, smiling mascot. Even eye black with the Wahoo logo was for sale ($4).
An 8-inch figurine of Wahoo throwing a baseball is listing for $949.99.
FEMA sells disaster trailers cheaply despite victim demand
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The federal government typically spends up to $150,000 apiece — not counting utilities, maintenance or labor — on the trailers it leases to disaster victims, then auctions them at cut-rate prices after 18 months of use or the first sign of minor damage, The Associated Press has learned.
UPDATE: New owners don’t plan to reopen The Inn at Okoboji as a resort
OKOBOJI, Iowa | The new owners of The Inn at Okoboji have no plans to reopen the 121-year-old resort, according to the local real estate agent who conducted an online auction for the property on West Lake Okoboji earlier this fall.
"They've indicated it's going to be used for residential, the lake portion," Jim Hjelm of The Acre Company in Spencer told lakesbusinessnews.com.
Salaam’s Heisman Trophy to be auctioned online in January
DENVER (AP) — Rashaan Salaam's Heisman Trophy will be sold in an online auction next month with a portion of the proceeds benefiting research into a degenerative brain disease found in nearly 200 football players.
SCP Auctions announced Tuesday that bidding will open Jan. 8 and end Jan. 20.
Our Fiat, who are art at auction, hallowed be thy back seat.
A Fiat 500L Pope Francis rode in during his trip to Philadelphia in 2015 was put up for an online auction Wednesday morning by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
Mississippi State holding online auction for 11 horses
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Go online, buy a horse.
Mississippi State University is having an online auction Friday, Saturday and Sunday to sell 11 registered American Quarter Horses.
The university says in a news release that the auction includes a variety of horses, "from proven broodmares to 2-year-olds just beginning their careers."
EBay removes listings of Hawaii beach sand from its website
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Online auction and sales company eBay has removed multiple listings of sand said to be taken from Hawaii beaches.
The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Saturday that it asked the company about the listings before they were taken down. Among them was a listing claiming to have sand from Papakolea Beach, also known as Green Sands Beach.
Half-smoked Winston Churchill cigar sells for $12,000
BOSTON (AP) — A cigar half-smoked by British Prime Minister Winston Churchill during a 1947 trip to Paris has sold for just over $12,000 during an online auction.
Boston-based RR Auction says the 4-inch (10-centimeter) cigar was bought Wednesday evening by a collector from Palm Beach, Florida. The buyer's name wasn't released.
Massachusetts to put abandoned items up for online auction
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts residents who abandoned jewelry, gold, high-end wristwatches and other items in safe deposit boxes will soon see those items auctioned off by the state.
Democratic Treasurer Deborah Goldberg will begin displaying a selection of the items from the Unclaimed Property Division to be auctioned on eBay.
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NEEDLES — Early bidding begins Sunday, Sept. 24, in the Needles Chamber of Commerce online auction, leading up to the annual community recognition awards banquet set for Oct. 7 at River’s Edge Golf Course.
Visit the chamber’s website at www.needleschamber.com/ to link to the auction site.
Chamber Director Lyn Parker explained the auction items have been photographed and will appear on the site which features an interactive bidding process through Pay Pal.
Former Hynix plant in Eugene back on auction block
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — The long-shuttered Hynix semiconductor plant in west Eugene is back on the auction block.
Broadcom paid $21 million for the shuttered complex in an online auction in 2015. The firm said it would revive the plant and manufacture silicon chips for cellphones.
But the company quickly scrapped that idea and listed the property for sale late last year.
South African rhino breeder starts online auction of horns
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A rhino breeder in South Africa has opened an online auction of 264 rhino horns that has raised alarm among leading conservation groups that fear a legal domestic trade could encourage more poaching.
The auction website indicates that bidding began Wednesday and will end on Friday.
South African rhino breeder readies online auction of horns
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — An online auction of 264 rhino horns will start Wednesday after a South African court ordered the government to hand over a permit allowing the sale to proceed, according to lawyers for a rhino breeder who is conducting the legal sale.
Charleston County sheriff sells seized comic collection in online auction for $1,605
An unusual drug-related seizure proved lucrative for the Charleston County Sheriff's Office, which sold hundreds of comic books online for $1,605 Tuesday.
There was a flurry of bidding during the final hours of the auction, which began July 19 and involved up to 500 comic books individually wrapped in protective plastic sleeves.
Bidding brisk for 5 former ‘Welcome to Wyoming’ signs
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The winners of a Wyoming online auction will be able to welcome people to their home or business in a big way.
The Wyoming Department of Transportation is selling five "Welcome to Wyoming" signs that used to greet drivers from other states.
Each sign measures 8 feet by 4 feet and weighs over 100 pounds. As of Tuesday, online bids ranged from $510 to $760, with 13 days of bidding left.
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming has brought in $14 million from an oil and gas lease sale.
The Casper Star-Tribune reported (http://bit.ly/2uMKkIc ) Wednesday that the online auction was between 60 participants with 134 square miles (347 square kilometers) of state land leased for oil and gas development.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa is objecting to suggestions that it is promoting an international trade in the horns of rhinos, which have been heavily targeted by poachers.
The problem stems from plans by a South African rhino breeder for an online auction of rhino horn next month. It comes after a court ruling opened the way to a domestic trade, despite the international ban that was imposed in 1977.
The Boston Police Department is looking to set up its own version of eBay to auction off unclaimed property now taking up space in its evidence warehouse, but a civil liberties expert cautioned that cops need to make sure the lure of sales revenue doesn’t trump people’s rights.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A rhino breeder in South Africa is planning an online auction of rhino horn, capitalizing on a court ruling that opened the way to domestic trade despite an international ban that was imposed to curb widespread poaching.
ST. IGNACE, Mich. (AP) — Michigan residents can now buy 60-year-old grated metal pieces of the original Mackinac Bridge from an online auction as those sections of the bridge get cut away and replaced.
Up until a year ago, workers had been taking the old bridge pieces to the scrap yard. Now residents who find value in the metal can buy the pieces from $270 to more than $1,500, WPBN-TV (http://bit.ly/2pimSMF ) reported.
NEW YORK (AP) — Talk about some serious sticker shock!
Wyoming earned close to $30 million last week, the most it’s made in an oil and gas lease sale since the height of the boom in 2011.
In its first online auction for nominated leases on state land, the Office of State Lands and Investments offered 85,882 acres in 192 parcels, all of which were sold.
The auction, which closed March 8, was considered a success by state officials who were eager to stoke revenue for Wyoming during the oil, gas and coal downturn that’s squeezed state income.
Wyoming oil-gas auction brings in $30M, most since 2011
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — An online auction of rights to drill on Wyoming state lands has brought in almost $30 million, the most since oil and gas were booming six years ago.
The auction took place over a week. The revenue will help Wyoming during a downturn in the oil and gas market that has depressed state revenue.
Beneficiaries include the state's common school fund, which gets over $26 million.
Western Colorado oil, gas leases sell for $1.6 million
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — The Bureau of Land Management has sold numerous federal oil and gas leases in western Colorado though an online auction.
Thai fish with national flag colors sold for more than $1.5K
BANGKOK (AP) — A Siamese fighting fish with the colors of the Thai national flag has been bought for 53,500 baht ($1,530) at an online auction, possibly making it the most expensive Betta fish ever sold.
Pictures of the fish, with its blue, red and white horizontal stripes mimicking the Thai flag, went viral after its breeder Kachen Worachai posted them on a private Betta fish auction group on Facebook.
Salvation Army holds auction for jewelry left in red kettles
BOSTON (AP) — Over the last two years, generous donors have left much more than just loose change in the Salvation Army's red kettles.
More than 60 pieces of jewelry have been placed in kettles around Massachusetts. On Tuesday, the Salvation Army kicked off an online auction of the jewelry to raise money for the communities where the items were donated.
Proceeds from the auction will be used to provide toys, coats and warm meals to people in need.
Prohibition-era New Mexico hotel in online auction
LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — A famous northern New Mexico landmark where a newspaper publisher shot a judge and a highway official during the 1920s is being sold.
The Las Vegas Optic reports (https://goo.gl/KQa33d) the owners of the Prohibition-era El Fidel Hotel in Las Vegas, New Mexico are selling the building in an online auction.