Bidding was at a standstill for what seemed like an eternity.
"We're not serving lunch today," Goldman joked. "We can have a little cooling off period if you'd like to go out and cool down. There's an election coming and we might see a turnaround in the economy. You might wish you'd bought it."
With bidding still stuck at $290,000, Goldman suggested that two potential buyers could pool their money, buy the property, and use it for multiple purposes.
Some potential buyers got back on their cellphones.
Goldman asked for a bid of $295,000 but there were no takers.
"I'll take a break now and talk to the owners," he said.
The auctioneer returned to say the top bid had not yet reached the selling price. Then somebody offered $300,000.
"Do I have $301,000?" Goldman asked. "If you do it, I think you've got a deal. If you walk away, you may wish you had the deal tomorrow."
Bidding went to $301,000, $302,000, $303,000 and $305,000.
"Anybody at $307,000? Goldman asked.
Marks walked outside with a cellphone to his ear, returned, and bid $307,000.
Goldman declared the property sold.
"You've been a great crowd," he said. "I realize economic conditions are challenging."
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