Items of Zanesville exotic animals owner being auctioned

ZANESVILLE, Ohio - Hundreds of curiosity-seekers, horse-traders and others have attended an auction of the estate of a suicidal man who released dozens of exotic animals in eastern Ohio almost two years ago.

Petting zoo equipment, vintage cars, motorcycles and Harley-Davidson T-shirts are among the thousands of items from Terry Thompson's estate that can be purchased Wednesday at his farm in Zanesville.

The Zanesville Times Recorder ( ) reports the auction at times has caused traffic near the farm as thousands paid the $25-per-car admission fee.

The driveway has been transformed into an improvised food court with hot dogs and pizza stands.

Jeff Koehler, owner of SE Ohio Auctions, is running the action. Koehler has said vintage cars are among the auction's highlights.

Koehler's spokeswoman expects the auction to last well into the evening.

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