Lawsuit alleges ‘sham’ bids at classic-boat auction

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Allegations that "sham" bids drove up prices on a collection of rare wooden boats put a large national auction house on the defensive.

The $4 million auction of Lake Minnetonka, Minn., denizen Todd Warner's collection of vintage wooden boats was a historic event in the rarefied world of classic and antique boating.

Eighteen months later, a lawsuit accuses Warner and Mecum Auctions Inc., an Illinois-based auction house, of soliciting bids from friends who didn't intend to buy, solely to drive up prices on certain boats.

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