Bid deadline nears for University of Iowa organ

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Time is running out to put in a bid for a huge mechanical action pipe organ at the University of Iowa.

Bidding for the organ, which must be removed due to the demolition of the flood-damaged Clapp Recital Hall, ends Friday.

But the Iowa City Press-Citizen reports ( ) that those interested shouldn’t expect a bargain.

The company that will demolish the building wants $60,000 for the organ, and a buyer will need to pay an additional $100,000 or so to remove the instrument. Cleaning and storing the organ could cost another $400,000.

As of Tuesday evening, no one had bid on the instrument.

If there are not buyers, the organ will be sold for scrap.

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