Little Gull Island will pass out of federal government ownership into private hands in the next few weeks, when a closing takes place on the sale to the highest bidder in an online auction.

The General Services Administration, the federal agency in charge of the sale of the 1-acre island in eastern Long Island Sound, announced on Monday that Fred Plumb of Connecticut placed the high bid of $381,000 in the auction that took place in October. It would provide no further information about Plumb.

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