2012-03-01 / Local & State

Auction House Picked For Harrisburg Artifacts

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Officials in Harrisburg have selected a New York City auction house to sell artifacts purchased in a failed bid to build a Wild West museum.

Mayor Linda Thompson announced last week the selection of Guernsey's to sell the city's collection.

On Wednesday the authority that controls the city's water system and trash incinerator announced plans to explore selling its part of the collection at the same time.

The artifacts cost millions of dollars in public money and were purchased by ex- Mayor Steve Reed as part of a failed plan to build museums dedicated to sports, the Wild West and African American history.

The Harrisburg Authority says items purchased after 2004 belong to it, not the city. But authority officials say they don't know exactly what those items are.

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