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December 19, 2012

Report of Wichita castle’s sale a ‘website glitch’

On Wednesday, the J.P. King Auction Co. listed the Riverside Castle in Wichita as sold.

On Wednesday, the J.P. King Auction Co. listed the Riverside Castle in Wichita as sold.

It was not true.

It had not sold.

“It is a website glitch,” said Caley King Newberry, communications manager for J.P. King, which handled the castle’s auction Tuesday.

In a news release issued late Tuesday, J.P. King said 47 potential buyers expressed interest in the castle, mostly from six states in the Midwest and Northeast. Only three registered bidders were present for Tuesday’s auction.

By 1 p.m. Tuesday, Paula and Terry Lowry, owners of the Castle Inn Riverside, announced through a family spokeswoman that the castle had not sold but that they would still pursue selling it and finding the right buyer for it.

At midnight, the auction company marked the historic castle sold, Newberry said.

Shortly after noon Wednesday, some Wichita Eagle readers called wanting to know: Had there been a sale?

The website remained unchanged until about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.

“Something happened, it moved the property over and it wasn’t supposed to do that,” Newberry said. “So sorry about the confusion; we took it off as soon as we found out about it.”

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