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St. Pete Beach auction sells detritus of bad times

At an auction Tuesday, Patricia Bowen happily bought a $130 hand-blown glass sculpture for her vintage clothing store in Ontario. Ralph Asp of White Lake, Mich., was pleased that his wife successfully bid $1,700 for a bronze fountain but admitted, "I still don't know what I'm going to do with it."

More than 200 people came to the Don CeSar Beach Resort and Spa on Tuesday to check out the auction of "seized and forfeited assets," although about 100 left shortly after a preview session. The goods for sale included jewelry, rugs, framed art prints, original paintings and bronze statues.

Dion Abadi of D&G Auctioneers said most of the goods come from bankruptcies and liquidation sales.

Mari Hoskins, 64, a retired farmer, likes auctions and estate sales but had never been to one in a setting as fancy as the Don CeSar. She said, "Up in Michigan, we don't have this kind of auction."

Curtis Krueger, Times staff writer

St. Pete Beach auction sells detritus of bad times 12/30/08 [Last modified: Monday, January 5, 2009 8:28pm]
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