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Vehicles fetch $191,160 in sale

Bidding on Florida vacation home items ends today

Published: Friday, Dec. 7, 2012 1:15 a.m. CDT

DIXON – A 3-week online sale of Rita Crundwell’s vehicles, including her 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster, brought in $191,160 Thursday.

Vehicles and boats in Florida sold for $102,900; vehicles in Wisconsin sold for $88,260.

Among the top sellers: a 2009 US Cargo Mate Eliminator 50-foot trailer for $47,010, the Roadster for $43,060, and a 2005 Ford T-Bird for $24,130.

The U.S. Marshals Service contracted with Texas-based auction company Apple Towing Co., which sold Crundwell’s $2.1 million RV, a 2009 Liberty Elegant Lady Coach, for $800,000 in September.

The company will receive an 8 percent commission on the sale of the Wisconsin vehicles and a 7 percent commission on the Florida vehicles.

Crundwell, 59, faces up to 20 years in prison at her Feb. 14 sentencing for federal wire fraud. The ex-Dixon comptroller admitted stealing nearly $54 million from the city over 22 years, money she used to run her prize quarter horse operations and fund a lavish lifestyle.

She is charged with 60 counts of theft in Lee County stemming from the same theft.

Since Crundwell was indicted May 1, marshals have auctioned many of her belongings, including more than 400 head of horses. Those assets have garnered about $7.4 million.

Two auctions selling hundreds of Crundwell’s furnishings, home decor, appliances and other items, are going on now.

Bidding for 105 lots from her vacation home in Englewood, Fla., ends at 5 p.m. today. The auction of items from her home and ranch in Dixon ends at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Five properties, including her ranch in Dixon and her vacation home in Florida, also are up for sale.

Sales proceeds, minus costs, will go to the city once the case is resolved.

What they went for

Florida vehicles:

– 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster, $43,060

– 2005 Ford Thunderbird, $24,130

– 2011 John Deere model X324 tractor, $2,520

– 2012 Chevrolet Silverado C1500 LT, $26,690

– 2000 20-foot Playbouy Fish & Fun boat, $6,500

Wisconsin vehicles:

– 1998 Cobalt 25LS boat and trailer, $23,210

– 2009 US Cargo Mate Eliminator 50-foot trailer with living quarters, $47,010

– 2010 Hyundai Genesis, $18,040

To bid

Still interested in bidding on Crundwell's personal items?

The online auction of more than 105 lots of items from Crundwell's Englewood, Fla., homes ends at 5 tonight.

The online auction to sell the remaining 345 lots from her Dixon home and ranch ends at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Go to www.professionalauction.com and click on the blue box that says "Disposition of Seized Assets.

A $100 deposit is required to bid; it will be refunded if you don't win anything and applied to your bill if you do.

No sales tax will be charged, but a buyer’s premium of 12 percent will be tacked on to any item that sells for less than $10,000, and 6 percent for those that sell for more than $10,000. 

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