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Auctioning UVA Rarities to Help Restore the Rotunda

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A big ticket auction is being held to benefit a historic landmark at the University of Virginia. You can now bid on items that will help pay for the multi-million dollar restoration of the Rotunda, and many of the rare items up for grabs can't be purchased anywhere else.

Scaffolding sits on the sides of the Rotunda, as crews continue to work on repairs to the skylight, roof, and columns, among other things. The $51 million project started in May and is expected to take several years to complete.

UVA is reaching out to the community to help ease the cost of the renovation through this fundraiser auction. A sit down dinner with UVA President Teresa Sullivan, golf lessons with a professional, vintage wine, and one of a kind UVA china dating back to the 1940's are some of the items hitting the auction block. Also up for grabs are historic rarities like a sheepskin diploma from the class of 1852 and a copy of UVA's yearbook Corks & Curls from 1895.

"It's a bunch of incredible items and experiences that kind of highlights the best of UVA and brings the community together. The items are donated by alumni and community members," said Rich Cifaldi of the UVA Office of Development Liaison for the Rotunda restoration auction.

Bidding ends on November 25th, but organizers say they will continue to have other auctions benefiting the Rotunda restoration throughout the year.

Click here to view the items up for auction and make a bid.

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