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Lagoon buys 3 Utah State Capitol lion statues



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Lagoon amusement park has bought three of the four concrete lion statutes that once adorned the entrances to the Utah State Capitol.

The park spent nearly $16,000 in bidding on the statues Thursday. Lagoon also tried to outbid an unidentified Salt Lake City resident who got the fourth for $8,100.

Vice President of Marketing for Lagoon Dick Andrew says the park doesn't know what it will do with the lions.

Andrew says they could end up in the Farmington park's Pioneer Village or could be part of the theme for a new ride.

The eBay auction started Sept. 2 for the surplus state property.

The statues are 94 years old and are in bad enough shape that the head of the Capitol Preservation Board didn't expect them to fetch more than a few hundred dollars.

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Information from: Deseret News

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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