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Chico State University centennial organ up for auction

The Chico State University Centennial Organ is now up for public auction.

Posted: May 27, 2020 10:16 AM
Updated: Jun 12, 2020 10:21 AM

UPDATE: 10:19 a.m. Friday, June 12, 2020 - Chico State University is giving those who might be interested in acquiring the centennial organ a bit more time.

The oversized instrument, which has been inside the Harlen Adams Theatre is up for auction.

The dean handling the placement, tells Action News Now, the deadline to make a bid has now been extended from June 15 until the end of the month; June 29. 

For months, the university has been trying to find a new home for the pipe organ. With no firm takers, the university recently announced the organ was available for public auction.

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CHICO, Calif. - The fate of the nearly iconic Chico State University Centennial Organ is now partially known.

The organ sits at the far end of the stage inside the Harlen Adams Theatre.

Last winter it was announced that the university was searching for a new owner and home for the instrument - which had been deemed unsafe to remain in its current location. After months of outreach, the university has announced curators have not found an owner or home for the organ.

RELATED: Chico State University seeks new home for Centennial Organ

The completed Organ features 2,400 pipes, stands 27 feet high and 20 feet wide, and weighs 12,000 pounds. This instrument has a rich history with Chico State as well as the Chico community since it was custom built by Munetaka Yokota and other volunteers from 1984-1990.

In order to bid, you must register with the contracted auction platform Public Surplus. To view the organ auction, please search by 2573185. All details, specifications, insurance requirements, and other logistical information is annotated within the auction details.

Please reach out to the Property Management Office if you have any questions. Appointments can be made to view and inspect the organ by emailing our office at property@csuchico.edu or by calling 530.898.5176.

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