YORK – The federal government says it will push back the closing time of an auction on New England’s tallest lighthouse.

The Boon Island Light Station is up for auction until around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday. Bidding was originally set to end around noon Tuesday.

Ten bidders have made offers on the lighthouse with a top bid of $41,000.

A government website says the bidding could possibly be extended again.

Boon Island Light Station, off the coast of York, dates to 1855. It includes a 133-foot tower on a small island about six miles off the coast.

The government is also auctioning Halfway Rock Light Station in Casco Bay. That auction does not have a set end date and has attracted three bids topping out at $56,000.

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