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Minnesota DWI motorized chair auctioned for $3,700

DULUTH It appears the much-discussed motorized easy chair that landed its previous owner a DWI conviction in Proctor, N.D., will remain in the Northland. The winning $3,700 bid for the chair came from a resident of the Duluth area, said Bart Kyte...

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This photo provided by the Proctor (Minn.) Police Department shows the motorized lounge chair Dennis Anderson of Proctor was driving when he hit a parked vehicle in August 2008. Anderson pleaded guilty to a DWI charge in October 2009. The chair supposedly was sold on eBay, but the bidder says he never meant to enter $10,999 as the bid. Now the chair has been auctioned for $3,700. (Associated Press)

DULUTH

It appears the much-discussed motorized easy chair that landed its previous owner a DWI conviction in Proctor, N.D., will remain in the Northland.

The winning $3,700 bid for the chair came from a resident of the Duluth area, said Bart Kyte, sales manager of Oberfoell Auctioneers, the Mountain Iron business that orchestrated its sale. He declined to disclose the identity of the top bidder, but Kyte said 15 interested parties were actively engaged in the auction at www.Do-Bid.com .

Bidding closed at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The proceeds will go to the Proctor Police Department, which seized the novelty chair in August 2008 after its former owner drove it into a parked vehicle after drinking. The custom-made chair is powered by a lawnmower engine and features running lights, a stereo, a rear-view mirror, a magazine rack and cup holder.

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The city tried twice last year to sell the chair online, but both efforts fell through, once when eBay canceled the auction because the chair was incorrectly described as a La-Z-Boy and again when the winning bidder, apparently overcome with buyer's remorse, reneged. Bidding for the chair on the first eBay auction reached a dizzying pinnacle of $43,500.

Will the more modest $3,700 price hold?

Kyte remains optimistic.

"You can never be sure until you have payment in hand, but we know the buyer's name, address and phone number. And we would have recourse if the deal doesn't stick."

The Duluth News Tribune and the Herald are Forum Communications Co. newspapers.

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