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Forget running for a Senate seat. You can now buy one

Bids are now being taken.
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Minnesotans now have the chance to buy items their taxpayer dollars have already paid for, as the Senate auctions off furniture from the State Capitol.

If you'll forgive the somewhat cynical introduction, there's actually some pretty cool and historic furniture being auctioned, including desks, chairs, conference tables and cabinets that furnished the Senate offices at the Capitol and State Office building the past couple decades.

Bids are now being accepted by Auction Masters, with the auction starting to close at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 17.

It's being described as a "once in a lifetime chance to own a piece of history," with the inventory including furniture used by former governors Elmer Anderson, Al Quie, Wendell Anderson and Rudy Perpich when they served in the Senate.

"We think the auction is an opportunity for members of the public to secure a piece of Minnesota history. These chairs, bookcases, desks and tables resided in Senate offices and hearing rooms in the State Capitol for decades," said Cal Ludeman, Secretary of the Senate.

Here's a link to the catalogue where you can start bidding.

If you want to try before you buy, the pieces will be available to inspect from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 17, with pick-up and payment for winning bidders being taken on Thursday the 18th from 321 Grove St. in St. Paul.

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