Bidders snap up library contents, but pass on building

2013-04-20T13:44:00Z 2013-04-22T13:02:44Z Bidders snap up library contents, but pass on buildingBy Susan Erler susan.erler@nwi.com, (219) 662-5336 nwitimes.com

CROWN POINT | Library contents from wooden chairs to orange metal book shelves and a replica space shuttle were sold at auction Saturday, but the building itself drew no bidders.

The 15,000-square-foot former library at 214 S. Court St. and an adjoining parking lot could still be sold if an acceptable bid were to be submitted to the library Board of Trustees by its Tuesday meeting, officials said.

A reserve price had been set on the building below which no bids could be accepted, but the price was not revealed on Saturday. The structure built in 1974 has been assessed at $880,000, officials with Kraft Auction Service said.

The building and contents were no longer needed after a $12 million replacement Crown Point Community Library opened in October in the 100 block of North Main Street.

Successful bidders Saturday walked away with bargains from $5 computer desks to a $20 iconic wall clock, while bigger spenders put out $200 a piece for wall-to-wall rows of orange metal book shelving.

Competition for a kid-sized NASA space shuttle from the library children's section brought bidding to a peak of more than $1,000.

An auctioneer urged on buyers with a shout of "Go to the moon tonight."

Renee Doughman, of Valparaiso, landed the space craft with a $1,050 bid but said she wasn't yet ready to reveal her plans for it.

A space-suited replica Jerry Ross, Crown Point's hometown NASA astronaut, which had been suspended from a wall near the space shuttle, sold for $100.

A life-like tree and attached tree house brought $225, and a faux lighthouse topped by a friendly fire breathing dragon sold for $800. 

Kathy Hachlica said she and husband Dave will set the lighthouse at the entrance to their Lazy K Corral ranch outside Rensselaer, Ind., to draw attention to their horse training and photography businesses.

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