An Egleston Building Changes Hands At Sidewalk Auction

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An open-air street auction for 3152-3160 Washington St., held April 16, 2014.

Chris Helms

An open-air street auction for 3152-3160 Washington St., held April 16, 2014.

This building sold at an open-air street auction for $715,000 on Wednesday, April 16, 2014.

Chris Helms

This building sold at an open-air street auction for $715,000 on Wednesday, April 16, 2014.

It's like a scene out of the reality show "Storage Wars."

An auctioneer, eight bidders, a lawyer and a loan agent stand on the corner of Washington and Chilcott Place at noon on an unseasonably cool April day.

The auctioneer reads legalese, barely loud enough for anyone to hear. But they've heard it all before, so it hardly matters. The bidders who come to these auctions know one another and see each other across the city and region at similar sidewalk gatherings.

This is a foreclosure auction. And it moves fast.

An open-air street auction for 3152-3160 Washington St., held April 16, 2014.

Chris Helms

An open-air street auction for 3152-3160 Washington St., held April 16, 2014.

Auctioneer John McMillan of 3106-3108 Washington St. was sold at public auction on Wednesday, April 16, 2014. 3106-3108 Washington St. was sold at public auction on Wednesday, April 16, 2014.[/caption]

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