U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Allan Gropper in Manhattan had permitted the auction of the patents, which the Rochester, N.Y. company had estimated might fetch as much as $3 billion a year ago. Bids were received last week from rival syndicates led by Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL), the world's most valuable technology company, and Google (Nasdaq: GOOG), the No. 1 search engine.
Reports said neither side had offered more than $300 million for the lot. Kodak has been hoping to reorganize as a printers company after emerging from bankruptcy, for which it filed Jan. 19, but needs to repay creditors and well as Citigroup (NYSE:C) which lent the company $950 million for debtor-in-possession financing.
Kodak shares traded around 21 cents early Friday, giving the venerable company a market capitalization of only $58.1 million.