Indiana museum’s natural history exhibits earn $50K at auction

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) – The city of Fort Wayne has raised more than $50,000 by auctioning off exhibits from a closed natural history museum.

The News-Sentinel reports the city auctioned off about 300 lots from the Jack Diehm Museum of Natural History. The museum featured animals posed in their native habitats, but closed earlier this year because of poor attendance. The big catch during Tuesday’s auction was a polar bear that sold for $7,500.

Officials hope to renovate the building adjacent to the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo and turn it into a pavilion available for rent. City parks director Al Moll says he’s pleased with the results of the auction.

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