- Associated Press - Thursday, September 3, 2015

OLD SAYBROOK, Conn. (AP) - A famous Connecticut lighthouse featured on some state license plates has been sold at auction for almost $300,000.

The Hartford Courant (https://cour.at/1N501eU ) reports that the federal government’s General Services Administration, which oversees lighthouse sales for the Coast Guard, says Saybrook Breakwater Light drew a high bid of $290,000 in an online auction.

The identity of the high bidder has not been disclosed.

The sale cannot close until the bidder negotiates a lease with the state for submerged lands under the 127-year-old lighthouse.

The 48-foot lighthouse sold in 2013 for $340,000, but the bidder backed out of the deal because she couldn’t negotiate a lease for the submerged lands.

Since then, the state legislature enacted a law smoothing the way for negotiating such leases.


Information from: Hartford Courant, https://www.courant.com

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