The 16th annual Celebrity Auction raised about $6,000 on Sunday at Martin Library. About 80 attendees bid on more than 300 items. The money will buy new
The 16th annual Celebrity Auction raised about $6,000 on Sunday at Martin Library. About 80 attendees bid on more than 300 items. The money will buy new children's books. (Bil Bowden photo)

One lucky bidder not only took home a Baltimore Colts doll signed by some of the team's greats, but also racked up the highest bid during an auction Sunday that benefited Martin Memorial Library.

Fran Keller, the library's director of marketing, said the doll hit the $400 mark.

The doll, signed by Johnny Unitas, Art Donovan and others, was just one of a number of donated items up for grabs during the Celebrity Auction.

"It went very well," Keller said of the auction. "We probably had our biggest day ever."

Since the start of the fundraising event 16 years ago, auctioneer Gary Gladfelter has been volunteering his time to call the lots. A volunteer crew staffs the auction.

Nice haul: While the exact amount hasn't yet been tabulated, Keller estimated the auction brought in roughly $6,000, which will be used to buy children's books for the library.

That figure is well above the totals collected the past two years when the auction struggled to hit $4,000 each year, she said.

Keller said the likely cause for the increase was a recovering economy and some new faces mixed with people who have been attending the auction for years.

All told, an estimated 80 people attended the auction.

"We have a long standing core of people who have been coming year after year," she said.

All the items that were up for grabs were donated by celebrities and ranged from a 2006 Canadian Open golf-hole flag signed by Jim Furyk to World Series items sent by MLB Commissioner Bud Selig.

More than 300 pieces of memorabilia, most autographed by stars from movies and television, music, sports, politics and literature, were auctioned off.

Peter Yarrow, a singer with the folk band "Peter, Paul and Mary," donated a pop-up book of "Puff the Magic Dragon," which went for between $70 and $75, Keller said.

Several other items went for several hundred dollars, she added.

"It's amazing what people are willing to pay for some things," Keller said. - Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com.