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Boston businessman Dave Waller now owns Graves Island Light Station, a 110-year-old lighthouse at the mouth of Boston Harbor, thanks to his record-setting bid of $933,888.
For Waller, who collects historical artifacts the way others collect vintage cars, the lighthouse acquisition is both a extension of his passion for preservation and a restoration project unlike any he’s taken on before.
“I love the way antique objects tell stories with all this rich folklore,” said Waller when asked why he would buy a lighthouse with no plumbing, utilities, or easy way to get there, and not much to do once inside. The Graves Island station “is a great book waiting to be opened,” he added, although he plans to proceed slowly with future renovations.