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Dubuque memorabilia sold at unique auction

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Bidders browsed pieces of Dubuque history Bidders browsed pieces of Dubuque history
One item included a rare print used in the development of the Port of Dubuque One item included a rare print used in the development of the Port of Dubuque
DUBUQUE COUNTY (KWWL) -

A unique auction Saturday morning featured only Dubuque-area memorabilia.

More than 150 people gathered at the Dubuque County Fairgrounds to bid on rare pieces of Dubuque history.

Items included a print called America's River II. It's one of only four in existence. The print was used in the presentation to the Vision Iowa board when Dubuque's city leaders were developing the Port of Dubuque.

Other items came from Dubuque Star and Potosi breweries, as well as other local businesses, past and present.

Auctioneer Mike Spoerl said, "We do a lot of estate and household-type auctions, and there's a lot of, you know, families have five or 10 pieces of Dubuque items, from whether they worked in the past, whatever, and it always sells well, so we decided, let's just try an auction strictly with Dubuque-related memorabilia stuff."

Spoerl said he wants to make this Dubuque-area memorabilia auction an annual tradition, held the first Saturday after New Year's weekend.

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