Okla. Man Buys Santa Monica Ferris Wheel

Pier attraction brings in $132,400
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 26, 2008 9:19 AM CDT
Okla. Man Buys Santa Monica Ferris Wheel
In this May 1996, file photo, the Ferris wheel is seen on the Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica, Calif.    (AP Photo/Rene Macura, File)

The Santa Monica Pier Ferris wheel has been sold on eBay for $132,400—to a first-time eBayer and the son of a former Oklahoma City mayor, the Los Angeles Times reports. Grant Humphreys, a 32-year-old real estate developer who'd never set eyes on the crowd-pleaser, placed the winning bid yesterday just before the close of the auction that drew six bidders.

Humphreys plans to ship the 122,000-pound ride, which is being replaced by a new model, to a future home in Oklahoma City; he’ll drop another $135,000 on a supporting base. “We’re out here in the middle of America,” said an excited rep. “We don’t have too many shiny toys.” (More amusement parks stories.)

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