The town of Buford, Wyoming was sold today to two unknown businessmen from Vietnam who won the small piece of the U.S. with a winning bid of $900,000.
About a dozen potential new owners gathered around the Buford’s sole business to bid on the small town, which consists of a gas station, a house, and a few small buildings on 10 acres along I-80 in Wyoming.
The bidding started out at $100,000 and quickly escalated from there. The winning bidders were whisked away by auction officials, who would not permit them to address the press.
The town’s lone resident, Don Sammons, looked on as the auction progressed.
Sammons previously said that he had moved to Buford in 1980 with his wife and son. His wife died in 1995 and his son moved away in 2007. He had bought the town in 1990.
He fought back tears as the auction came to an end.
“I don’t know when it will hit me. I’ve lived here half my life. I’m an emotional person, and I hope I handle it in an adult manner,” Sammons said.
Tonjah Andrews, a real estate broker from Cheyenne, said she couldn’t disclose the winners’ names.
She said the men flew in from Vietnam after learning about the auction from the internet.
She wouldn’t comment as to what plans the men have for the little town of Buford, Wyoming.
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