Cabot Auction Draws Crowds With 'Lambing'

It wasn't Sotheby's, but the bidding in Cabot House was no less impassioned at last night's Dutch Auction.

Instead of Rembrandts, the items were of a slightly lower value: "a powderpuff doll named buttercup," "a date with Dave Mantilla," and a "crappy but functional bike"--and the most valued of all, the traditional "lambing."

The yearly event typically raises around $3,000 for the House committee.


Around 180 House members packed the junior common room and were entertained by auctioneers Billy Weitzel, long time Cabot resident and History and Literature tutor, and his sidekick Gerard P. Hammond '02

On the block first was a batch of fresh baked cookies.

Weitzel cracked his first joke of the night about the cookies, which sold for $9.

"It's the same people making the cookies and brownies and buying the cookies and brownies each year," Weitzel said.

Residents see the annual event, at which audience members race to outbid each other for items donated by their classmates, as a sign of a tight-knit community.

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