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Circa 1920s New York Yankees Locker-Room Chair
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $960
This wooden folding chair originates from the locker room of the original Yankee Stadium and is one of the oldest artifacts we have ever seen from the fabled "House That Ruth Built." Dating from approximately the 1920s, this chair is one of many that would have been used by the players as they sat in front of their lockers to change before and after each game. Like many of the original Yankee Stadium pieces in the hobby today, this example was obtained during the 1973 renovation and bears the familiar New York Yankees 50th anniversary plaque affixed to the front of the back rest. Further provenance that is especially noteworthy and rarely seen on Yankee Stadium artifacts can be found on the underside of the seat, where it reads "Property of the New York Yankees" stenciled in faded black paint. Locker-room chairs are much rarer than the larger outdoor seats from Yankee Stadium, and this is only the third example we have ever offered. (The first appeared as Lot 1133 in our May 2009 auction, where it sold for $1,998; the other was featured as Lot 1169 in our April 2014 auction, where it realized $2,015.) The chair, which is fully functional, displays normal wear commensurate with its age and former use, including some minor chips to the wood, surface abrasions, and a few small splashes of white paint. In Excellent condition overall. Like freestanding stadium seats, the functionality of this chair makes it especially desirable for display in either home or office, where it would certainly be an eye-catching as well as extremely historic conversation piece. Dimensions: 16 x 13 x 30.5 inches (when fully open).
SOLD FOR $960
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