November 11, 1998 |
Eight minutes and a half-million dollars later, Brad Pogachefsky had a new home. The car dealership owner from Gladwyne, Pa., posted the highest bid on the five-bedroom mansion at 613 Warwick Rd., which was auctioned yesterday by the IRS. His $555,000 offer was enough for the 1.2-acre property, which had been the home of construction mogul Basil Vespe and his wife, Sheila. In its heyday, the 24-room stone, fortresslike estate was known throughout the community for ornate Christmas displays that included a 50,000-light Nativity scene, complete with live ponies, donkeys and other animals.
June 10, 1993 |
The Bucks County District Attorney's Office will be roughly $90,000 richer after last weekend's auction of four houses seized under the state drug forfeiture act. The four houses - two in Levittown, one each in Bensalem and Trevose - were all proven to have been used to facilitate the violation of drug laws or were purchased with the illegal proceeds of drug dealing, said District Attorney Alan M. Rubenstein. Each was sold to the highest bidder on Saturday. This means that Diane R. Seri, Anna Ganteaume, Roger Bumford and Gail Nelms - all serving jail time for drug convictions - have lost their houses, while four new owners are sprucing up their new abodes.
August 21, 1986 |
Say you wanted to buy a blood-donor chair, a microfilm reader, a stainless steel kettle or an Oldsmobile Cutlass with a broken windshield, and say you wanted to buy one of those items cheap: There was one place to be yesterday. More than 550 people, lured by these items and others, found that spot - at the federal personal property exchange at 15th Street and Washington Avenue in South Philadelphia. One of the bidders at the General Services Administration spot-bid sale was Scott Rankin of Telford, Montgomery County, who paid $1.01 for both a micro manipulator - a kind of microfiche projector - and a blood-donor chair valued at more than $2,660.
December 24, 1993 |
The bids were flying, sending the numbers skipping upward in a blink and a nod. And in a matter of minutes Saturday, it was over. Auctioneer Kenneth A. Geyer, a 45-year veteran of the business, garnered a high bid of $328,000 for a stone split-level house on two wooded acres at 3209 Darby Rd. "This was a fun auction," Ken Hansell said. Hansell works for the Geyer organization as a "ring man," spotting and encouraging bidders in the crowd. The public auction drew plenty of "tire kickers," browsers not really planning to buy, noted Hansell.
July 31, 1996 |
As expected, the $500,000 high bid at last week's auction for the six-story Farmers and Mechanics Building proved too low for the owners to accept. "We rejected the offer," said Bernice Reuben, who owns the building with her husband, Alan. "But we're not discouraged, because we've received quite a few calls from people who didn't go to the auction but who are interested. " According to the auction contract, the couple had until 5 tonight to accept or decline the offer. Since Thursday's lethargic auction, in which the first bid, $200,000, was $1.3 million below the starting price, Alan Reuben estimated that five or six prospective buyers had called.
December 8, 2012 |
Baseball's average salary increased 3.8 percent this year to a record $3.2 million. According to final figures released Friday by the Major League Baseball Players Association, the rise was the steepest since 2007. The boost was helped by an increase in the minimum salary from $414,000 to $480,000. The New York Yankees had the highest average for the 14th consecutive season at $6.88 million. The Los Angeles Dodgers rose from 13th to second at $5.55 million and Texas from 15th to fifth at $4.89 million.
May 19, 2012 |
Suspended New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma filed a defamation lawsuit on Thursday against NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, claiming the league's top executive made false statements that tarnished Vilma's reputation and hindered his ability to earn a living playing football. The suit in U.S. District Court in New Orleans claims Goodell, "relied on, at best, hearsay, circumstantial evidence and lies" in making comments about Vilma while discussing the NFL's bounty investigation of the New Orleans Saints.
March 15, 1999 |
There'll be no prancing down Bourbon Street. No drinking Hurricanes at Pat O'Brien's. Flyers general manager Bob Clarke and coach Roger Neilson canceled the club's scheduled three-day retreat to New Orleans yesterday after a 4-0 beating by the Penguins on Saturday in Pittsburgh. The team was to have flown south after Tuesday night's game in St. Louis. The Flyers went into last night's game against Dallas at the First Union Center with a 10-game winless streak (0-7-3). "The decision was Roger's and mine," said Clarke, who addressed the players for 20 minutes yesterday at the club's morning skate in Voorhees, with Neilson also present.
November 19, 2012
The Miami Marlins are planning on having Juan Pierre take a physical on Monday, amid reports that they have agreed on a $1.6 million, one-year deal that would reunite them with the 35-year-old who played with the Phils last season. Pierre stole 37 bases last season, tied for fifth in the National League. Pete Rose's copy of the 1990 agreement in which he accepted a lifetime ban from baseball failed to sell at auction because no bid met the minimum. Goldin Auctions said Sunday the highest bid was $236,000, a price that would have been raised to $258,600, including the auctioneer's 10 percent fee. NCAA: The University of Maryland's board of regents is scheduled to meet Monday to discuss the school's possibly leaving the Atlantic Coast Conference to join the Big Ten. If Maryland approves the move and applies for admission, Rutgers is expected to follow suit and leave the Big East.
April 22, 1991 |
Bill Dolchan was ready to walk out even before the bidding started. The auctioneer's $175,000 opening price for the renovated Victorian in University City was way out of his range. Dolchan, 30, a marine pipefitter and first-time home buyer, figured he didn't stand a chance against the 20 well-dressed people attending the auction in the living room of the home he coveted. But there were no bids, and the price started dropping. When it hit $75,000, Dolchan found himself competing with just one other bidder.