Wichita Couple's Rare Glass Auctioned Off

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- Bidders from around the world took part in the auction of part of a Wichita couple's collection of rare glass pieces.

Thursday's auction was the second of five auctions scheduled for hundreds of pieces collected by the late Dr. Ernest Rieger and his wife, Karen. They started collecting the pieces from around the world more than 50 years ago. Karen Rieger said she decided to auction the pieces after her husband died last September.

KWCH-TV reports the first auction brought in $1.3 million and Thursday's auction was expected to match that. The most expensive piece sold for $260,000.

Woody Auction Owner Jason Woody says the couple has almost 400 pieces of high caliber glassware. Much of it is over 100 years old.

Posted by Greg Palmer