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US Embassy Seeks Buyer for 1.2K Toilet Paper Rolls

Used car, broken vacuums also available at auction
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 1, 2018 10:15 AM CDT
A man works on the landscaping outside the new US Embassy building in London on Jan. 16, 2018.   (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
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(Newser) – Anyone in need of a lifetime supply of toilet paper should get in touch with the State Department. The US Embassy in London, which recently moved to a new building from the one it kept for more than 200 years, is cleaning house of the usual office gear: tables, chairs, desks, bookcases, lamps, a filing cabinet, and a photocopier, per the BBC. Also up for grabs in a 41-lot online State Department auction are 1,200 rolls of "mini jumbos" toilet paper (current price $335), described by an embassy rep as "probably a bit above bog standard," per the Independent. The outlet notes the rolls from the embassy's former Grosvenor Square location, which a Qatari real estate group plans to turn into a hotel, don't fit in the dispensers at the new $1 billion location in Battersea.

Some 756 rolls of paper towels ($291), a ceramic lamp without a shade ($157), a circular saw ($85), barcode scanners ($138), a camera with no charger ($34), a laptop without a power cord ($237), five broken vacuums ($45 to $66), and a 2007 Volvo S80 with 21,300 miles (about $8,500) apparently aren't needed, either. Several other items have already been disposed of in earlier auctions—you missed out on an electric oven, numerous laptops, and a Volvo S60 with a badly dented front end—but the BBC notes none "have any official US insignias or historical value." The latest auction ends Aug. 8. Per ABC News, items from US embassies in Ankara, Kyiv, Belgrade, Stockholm, and Lisbon are also up for grabs in current or upcoming auctions, which you can scan here. (Read more US Embassy stories.)

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