38 Studios auction fetches $180,000

PROVIDENCE — The first of two public auctions of items formerly owned by Curt Schilling’s failed video game company has brought in $180,000, the firm’s court-appointed receiver said Thursday.

Providence attorney Richard Land, the receiver for 38 Studios, said Tuesday’s auction in Maryland was robust, but he did not yet know how much it will net after expenses are paid.

Rhode Island lured 38 Studios from Massachusetts with a $75 million loan guarantee approved by the state Economic Development Corp. in 2010. The company filed for bankruptcy in June, and the state is likely on the hook for about $100 million related to the deal, including interest.


Land said Thursday that about 950 items were sold at the former Big Huge Games, a studio in Timonium, Md., acquired by 38 Studios in 2009. A ‘‘video animation suit’’ attracted the highest bid of $9,500.

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More than 300 people attended the auction in person, and 200 more were registered to make bids online.

A second auction is scheduled for Tuesday at the firm’s former Providence headquarters. In addition to sophisticated animation equipment, items to be sold include art prints of 38 Studios’ lone video game release signed by Schilling, a ping pong table, a massage table, and paper shredders. The auctioneer, SJ Corio Co., has said the auction could be extended a second day.

38 Studios’ intellectual property, which is considered more valuable, will be auctioned off in about three months, Land said.

Associated Press