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James F. Battin Federal Building

James F. Battin Federal Building is being sold in an online auction.

UPDATE 2:40 p.m.: Shortly after noon Sunday, Bidder 6 regained the high bid with a bid of $2,155,000. Bidding on the James F. Battin Federal Building will remain open until 12:20 p.m. Monday, unless a new high bid is made.


INITIAL REPORT: As time ticks away, the mystery still remains over who will place the winning bid on the James F. Battin Federal Courthouse.

The latest bid, of $2,130,000, came at 8:02 a.m. on Saturday by bidder 3. Since the auction first began on April 23, the auction has come down to two bidders, 3 and 6, who continue to raise the ante.

Bidders are known only by a number.

Bidder 6 last placed a bid, for $2,105,000 on Friday at 11:25 a.m. Bidder 3 countered by raising the amount $25,000.

Four other bidders had registered to take part in the auction, but only 6 and 3 have continued to bid since April 27.

Unless another bid is made, the auction will close at just before 1 p.m. on Sunday.

The building, which was completed in 1965, housed several agencies and U.S. District Court. Asbestos in the building caused the federal government to build a $80 million federal courthouse.

Several federal agencies will soon move out of the old courthouse and into a separate $30 million office building.

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