City Living

NYC is putting gifts given to past mayors up for auction

By Devin Gannon, Mon, November 21, 2022

Photos courtesy of the City of New York

The city is selling gifts given to past mayors, from a basketball signed by the New York Knicks and given to Mayor Rudolph Giuliani to a paperweight gifted to Mayor David Dinkins by Diana Ross. This week, the Department of Citywide Administrative Services launched “Gifts to the City,” a series of online auctions of items and keepsakes given to Mayors Koch, Dinkins, Giuliani, and Bloomberg. The auctions kick off Monday with over 50 items and will continue on a rolling basis.

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Clockwise from left: Pannonica Piano with Pannonica and Thelonious Monk, Mickey Mantle’s 1955 AL Championship Ring, John Lennon’s “The Last Sessions” Photographs

Legends & Treasures,” an online auction happening on Wednesday, September 21 at New York auction house Guernsey’s, will offer up items that were once owned by a star-studded roster of luminaries of fashion, film, music, sports, literature, and history. In addition to personal effects of B.B. King, Marilyn Monroe, John Lennon, Mickey Mantle, Jimi Hendrix, Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Muhammad Ali, Rosa Parks, and many more, the auction will also include objects of great historic importance such as 9/11 museum artifacts and items from NYC’s famed Apollo theater. See more of what will be up for bidding in this unprecedented event, below.

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City Living, Transportation

R33 #9075 on display at Queens Borough Hall; Photo via Wikimedia

Here’s a chance to own a piece of New York City history. The city’s Department of Citywide Administrative Services is selling the last remaining “Redbird” subway car, which was in use from the 1960s until it was retired in 2003. The historic subway car is now up for auction online, with a starting bid of $6,500.

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Events, History

All images courtesy of Guernsey’s

Thousands of historical items illustrating the Black experience in America are going up for auction. Compiled over 60 years by former New York City teacher Elizabeth Meaders, the collection is widely regarded as one of the most comprehensive, surpassing collections belonging to museums and other private institutions. The Elizabeth Meaders Collection of African American Historical and Cultural Artifacts will be put up for an online auction as a single collection through Guernsey’s on March 15.

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City Living, Transportation

The MV John F. Kennedy in 2015. Photo: Godsfriendchuck via Wikimedia commons

“Saturday Night Live” stars Pete Davidson and Colin Jost, along with comedy club owner Paul Italia, were the high bidders for the retired Staten Island Ferry boat John F. Kennedy, the NY Post reports. The boat, recently retired from the Staten Island Ferry fleet, was listed for $125,000 at a public auction that ended Wednesday. The auction price of the vintage vessel, retired after over five decades of service, had been slashed in half, but its new owners bid $280,000 in a last-minute bidding war, armed with plans to transform the ferry into a live entertainment venue.

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