7:23 a.m.: Bidder number 6 pushed the top bid to $1,905,000 with Monday's first activity in the online auction of the old federal courthouse in Billings. The bid was recorded at 7:21 a.m.
INITIAL REPORT: The top bid rose to $1,880,000 Sunday night in the ongoing online auction of the old James F. Battin Federal Courthouse in downtown Billings.
Before the latest bid from bidder 3 was entered at 10:21 p.m. Sunday, five bids in six minutes Sunday morning pushed the high bid to $1,855,000 from bidder 6.
Bidder 3 also had the high bid on Saturday night at $1,730,000.
Starting early Saturday and continuing through Sunday, the back-and-forth bidding between bidder 6 and 3 bumped up the amount of the high bid by about $800,000.
Bidders in the auction, held by the General Services Administration, are only identified by number. The sale will continue until 24 hours pass without a new bid.
GSA is selling the former James F. Battin Federal Courthouse, at 316 N. 26th St. The five-story, 221,509-square-foot building is contaminated with asbestos, which led to the construction of a new, $80 million courthouse about a block south at 2601 Second Ave. N.