Maine lighthouse sells for $190,000 in online auction

Posted Sept. 14, 2010, at 7:18 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A picturesque Maine lighthouse that became the center of a bidding war has been sold.

The Portland Press Herald says the 105-year-old Ram Island Ledge Lighthouse sold for $190,000 on Tuesday.

A spokesman for the U.S. General Services Administration in Boston says Dr. Jeffrey Florman, a neurosurgeon from Windham, is the new owner of the 72-foot working light tower that was auctioned off online by the federal government.

The lighthouse is on a wave-swept rocky ledge a mile off Cape Elizabeth. A twin of the Graves Light off Boston, it was built between 1903 and 1905 of granite quarried from Vinalhaven.

The lighthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.