Columbus funeral home auction attracts bidders

COLUMBUS, Neb. (AP) _ Mortuary items from caskets to embalming tables have drawn a crowd, including a few Halloween hunters, during a unique auction in Columbus.

The auction was held on Saturday with items from two consolidated funeral homes.

The Columbus Telegram says the items including 15 caskets, ranging from fancy ones with colorful felt and silver-colored handles to simple, wooden designs.

Also up for bid were grave markers, embalming tools and viewing tables.

Charles Bronson works with Grubaugh Auction Service, which held the auction. He says it's rare to get the opportunity to auction off funeral home accessories.

He expected the crowd to include many looking for Halloween decorations. That's what brought Julie Wilke, of Columbus, to the auction. She bought a casket to put in her front yard.

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