Sold! Fed. government auctions Seattle strip club

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SEATTLE (AP) -- Uncle Sam, having no interest in running a cabaret, has sold one of Seattle's most notorious strip clubs.

On Wednesday, the federal government got rid of Rick's on Lake City Way for $2.35 million at an auction. The property was seized last fall by investigators as part of a wide-ranging racketeering investigation of Frank Colacurcio, Seattle's most famous organized-crime figure.

Paul Baxley of the U.S. Marshal's declined to say who bought the club. But called the sale a successful one. He says the government was hoping for $2 million.

The auction took place at the club, with the auctioneer calling out buyers from a stage where strippers used to dance. No cameras were allowed inside auction to protect the bidder's privacy.

Another one of Colacurcio's properties was also auctioned off for $600,000.