2008-10-02 / Local & State

Wild West Artifact Sales Net $1.7M For Pa. Capital

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Harrisburg City Council leaders say they're unimpressed by the amount of money raised so far from sales of artifacts intended for a Wild West museum that never got off the ground.

Two nationally advertised auctions of artifacts have netted $1.7 million for the city.

Mayor Stephen Reed is estimated to have spent $7.2 million on items that included a Gatling gun and a Wells Fargo coach.

Council president Linda Thompson says she doesn't see much value in the hundreds of remaining items to be sold. Vice president Dan Miller says the city could be looking at a $5 million loss.

Reed says he's held back some better artifacts for later sales - hoping they'll fetch a good price.

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