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Pair of Original Freestanding Ebbets Field Seats
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,896
Pair of original, connected seats from one of baseball's most storied ballparks: Ebbets Field. Double seats from Ebbets Field, such as this, are much scarcer than single seats and this is just the second example we have ever offered (the other also appears in this auction). Both seats are functional and retain their original stenciled numbers ("1" and "2," respectively ) painted in white on the backrest. Ebbets Field, which was built in 1913, was home to the Brooklyn Dodgers for forty-five seasons and played host to nine World Series and one All-Star Game. The final Dodgers game at Ebbets Field took place on September 24, 1957. As the game ended, longtime organist Gladys Gooding serenaded the sparse crowd of 6,702 fans with the strains of Auld Lang Syne. Three years later the stadium was unceremoniously demolished, an event that still brings tears to the eyes of those who bore witness to that final act of supreme sacrilege. The unit, constructed of metal and wood, is freestanding and displays heavy wear commensurate with its age and former use. Much of the original blue paint has chipped away and the exposed metal areas display oxidation. The loss of paint to the backrest on the right seat reveals a former white stencil reading "A1." The unit is slightly wobbly, but can most likely be firmed up by simply tightening the bolts. 39 x 16 x 33 inches (with the seats opened). The substantial size/weight of this item requires that there will be a shipping charge for this lot (which will vary depending upon where it is being shipped). The shipping charge will be billed separately from the auction invoice. Reserve $500. Estimate $2,000+. SOLD FOR $1,896
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