The high bidder for the 1927-vintage Seattle fireboat Alki has backed out of the sale, leaving city administrators looking for a different buyer for the 123-foot piece of Seattle history.
The high bidder, whom city officials have not identified, bid $71,100 for the Alki in a 10-day online auction last month.
But today, Katherine Schubert-Knapp of the city’s Department of Finance and Administrative Services said the buyer “wanted to transport the boat a long distance and ultimately decided that would cost too much.”
At the time of the auction, Schubert-Knapp said the boat wouldn’t automatically go to the highest bidder, because the city would need to make sure a potential buyer met certain requirements, including having the appropriate insurance and a viable plan to move and moor the boat.
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Schubert-Knapp said other bidders in the auction are being contacted to see if they are still interested. The city is not identifying bidders until a purchase is complete she said.
An online history of the bidding shows that the next-highest bidder bid $71,000 for the boat, and a third bid $67,287.