The Saybrook Breakwater Lighthouse off the Connecticut shoreline — put up for auction earlier this summer by the federal government — has been sold to a private owner for $340,000.
The new owner of the Old Saybrook lighthouse is Kelly K. Navarro, a spokesman for the General Services Administration, the federal agency charged with selling lighthouses told me Sunday.
Navarro’s plans for the lighthouse, located near the former Katharine Hepburn estate in Fenwick, couldn’t be immediately determined Sunday. But the GSA spokesman told me Navarro was negotiating a required lease with the state on the submerged land under the lighthouse.
The first bid on the 127-year-old lighthouse — pictured on some Connecticut vehicle license plates — was placed for $10,000. There was a flurry of bidding in the last week of the auction, pushing bids from $80,000 to the eventual high bid of $340,000, according to online bidding records.
The auction, which drew eight bidders and 24 individual bids, closed August 9.
See my story about lighthouses for sale in Connecticut and what it is like to live in one.
The Saybrook Breakwater Light is only the third lighthouse in Connecticut to be owned by a private individual. The others are the Morgan Point Lighthouse in the Noank section of Groton and the Stamford Harbor Light.