The deadline has come and gone for bidding on a neon palm tree that was being auctioned off by the federal government.

A spokeswoman for the U.S. Marshals Office said there were no bids that met the minimum requirement of $4,500 for the sign that stood for years in front of the Paradise Inn on Spenard Road.

Jay Stange, the head of a group that wants to restore the palm and keep it in Spenard, said he offered $2,700 for the sign. That's the amount he raised on a GoFundMe page to buy it.

The spokeswoman said officials with their headquarters in Washington D.C. will have to decide the next move. She said it's possible the bidding may be reopened, this time with a lower minimum bid. Stange said he's hoping his will be accepted.

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