Beckley, W.Va. (AP) -- An auction company has sold more than 14,000 acres in West Virginia's New River Gorge for $12.25 million.
Woltz & Associates of Roanoke, Va., says the three-phase auction drew about 140 people and 51 registered bidders.
In the end, seven buyers split up the land through a combination of sealed bids, a private sale and a live auction at Tamarack in Beckley.
On Thursday, president Jim Woltz said 2,814 acres in Fayette, Raleigh and Greenbrier Counties sold for $1.85 million at the live auction.
Before that, more than 10,000 acres were sold for $8.3 million through sealed bids, and 1,584 acres in Fayette County sold for $2 million in a private transaction.
He did not identify the buyers.
(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)
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