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April 15, 2013 at 11:55 AM

High bidder for fireboat Alki opts out

Seattle's oldest fireboat, the Alki, was built in 1927. It went up for auction in early March, but the highest bidder has backed out. (Photo by Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times)

Seattle’s oldest fireboat, the Alki, built in 1927, went up for auction in early March, but the highest bidder has backed out, leaving the city looking for another buyer. (Photo by Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times)

The high bidder for the 1927-vintage Seattle fireboat Alki has backed out of the sale, leaving city administrators looking for a different buyer for the 123-foot piece of Seattle history.

The high bidder, whom city officials have not identified, bid $71,100 for the Alki in a 10-day online auction last month.

But today, Katherine Schubert-Knapp of the city’s Department of Finance and Administrative Services said the buyer “wanted to transport the boat a long distance and ultimately decided that would cost too much.”

At the time of the auction, Schubert-Knapp said the boat wouldn’t automatically go to the highest bidder, because the city would need to make sure a potential buyer met certain requirements, including having the appropriate insurance and a viable plan to move and moor the boat.

Schubert-Knapp said other bidders in the auction are being contacted to see if they are still interested. The city is not identifying bidders until a purchase is complete she said.

An online history of the bidding shows that the next-highest  bidder bid $71,000 for the boat, and a third bid $67,287.

 

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