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March 2, 2003

Albany- Whether it was for furniture, bikes, or skis phones rang off the hooks as South Georgians bid on items Sunday afternoon.

The auction may mean a new car or gift certificates for some it means a big part of the budget for the Albany Museum of Art.

Museum curator Aaron Berger says the proceeds from the one-day event will provide 10% of the museum's operating budget.

Albany has the only accredited museum in a hundred mile radius, which means they have to live up to the same standards as large museums in Atlanta. That's why they bank on getting your bids.

Curators say they can't thank callers enough for supporting the auction and in turn supporting the arts.

"When we see the community turn around and support us through things like Let's Make a Bid it's wonderful and really exciting for the arts," says curator of education, Kathryn Delee.

Whether it was dinner for a year or a nice massage South Georgians got to turn their bids into a work of art.

Museum curator Aaron Berger says the event has grown every year. The museum will have an official tally of all the money they brought in by the middle of the week.

Posted at 5:35 PM by elaine.armstrong@walb.com