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Philadelphia Inquirer has 2 bidders

| Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010

The Philadelphia Inquirer and its sister newspaper will have two bidders competing to buy them out of bankruptcy at an auction in which the opening offer is less than half the value of a deal that fell apart this month.

Lenders who backed out of their contract to buy the newspapers for $139 million on Sept. 14 will compete with Raymond Perelman, father of billionaire Ronald Perelman, said Lawrence G. McMichael, an attorney who represents the holding company that owns the two newspapers.

The auction will be the second this year for the Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News, which are owned by bankrupt Philadelphia Newspapers LLC.

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