Robert E. Lee statue bidder identified as Dallas law firm
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Robert E. Lee statue bidder identified as Dallas law firm

FILE--In this Dec. 20, 2018, file photo the 1935 statue of Robert E. Lee, right, and a young soldier by sculptor Alexander Phimister, sits in storage at Hensley Field, the former Naval Air Station on the west side of Mountain Creek Lake in Dallas. The buyer of the Lee statue for more than $1.4 million in a Dallas auction has been identified as a local law firm but the reason for the purchase still remains unclear. City leaders drew a top bid of $1,435,000 for the bronze sculpture from Dallas based Holmes Firm PC last week. The Dallas City Council is expected to vote on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 whether to approve the sale to the firm owned by Ronald L. Holmes. (Ashley Landis/The Dallas Morning News via AP, File)

DALLAS — Records show a Dallas-based law firm put in the winning bid for a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee that once stood in a city park.

City Council documents show the top bid of $1.435 million came from Holmes Firm PC. The firm has not said what it plans to do with the statute and didn’t return requests for comment Wednesday.

The council is expected to vote Wednesday on whether to approve the sale to Ronald L. Holmes’ firm.

The council last month designated the 1935 sculpture by Alexander Phimster Proctor as surplus property to be auctioned off. The statue was among several Lee monuments around the U.S. that were removed from public view amid the fallout over racial violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017.

The Associated Press

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