Bidding reset on prized MU horse

Monday, November 8, 2010 | 5:19 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — MU Little Miss Loper, known to her handlers as "Bree," was set to be the most expensive horse by far in this year's MU Equine Science auction. Bree was going for $3,600.

Yet bidding was reset on Sunday when the highest bidder withdrew her bid, according to Marci Crosby, Equine Program coordinator for MU.

As of noon Monday, Bree's price had gone up from $1,000 to $1,850 in less than a day.

Bidding had risen to $3,600, but the highest bidder said in an e-mail to Crosby that she had gone over her budget. After reaching $3,600, there had not been a new bid for 10 days, and Crosby felt most of the other bidders had moved on.

Crosby confirmed there was contractual language in the auction materials and is currently talking with the university about what will happen next.

"I'm still pretty upset about it," she said.

It remains unlikely that the bidding will go back up to $3,600 with the auction ending on Thursday, Crosby said.

"Now, she will be a steal," Crosby said.

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