The auction for the proper to witness the Feb. 17 implosion of this old Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino finished with only a little less of a bang than wished for.
The 10 pairs of front line seats to your event — which include a VIP get-together with town officials (yawn), in addition to a night’s stay at either the Ocean Casino Resort or tough Rock Hotel and Casino along side a $200 credit that is dining plus a second night’s stay at Caesars and another $200 dining credit — ended up being quite a bargain for the winners, most of whom spent between $500 and $600 for the package.
In total, over $16,000 was raised in the viewing package auction to witness former President Donald Trump’s centerpiece that is former come tumbling straight down, including a $10,000 contribution from tough Rock. Most of the monies — as well as another $175,000 donated by Carl Icahn, the owner that is current of property — are being donated to the Boys & Girls Club of Atlantic City.
“Overall, it’s an bonus that is added that which we had the ability to achieve aided by the initial auction, by which Icahn donated by the end,” said Joe Bodner, the master of Bodnar’s Auction, the Edison auction household that managed the purchase. “And the folks whom purchased the seats got a deal that is great”
The end of the (auction) road
With less than two weeks to go until the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino goes the ashes to ashes, dust to dust route, this auction marks the end of what ended up being a contentious battle for a charitable cause.
Back in December, Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small Sr. announced an auction to literally blow up the structure that is crumbling. The champion associated with the auction — that was additionally managed by Bodnar — would obtain the possiblity to press the key that could implode the hotel that is old
“Some of Atlantic City’s iconic moments happened there, but on his way out, Donald Trump openly mocked Atlantic City, saying he made a lot of money and then got out,” said Small at the time. “I wanted to use the demolition of this place to raise money for charity.”
Bids Quickly rolled in as the whole tale went nationwide. Some a-listers — like Bette Midler — indicated they may be interested in winning the auction. There was also a (failed) online push to get the adult film actress Stormy Daniels the opportunity to press the button.
Guess what? #AtlanticCity is auctioning off the chance to push the button that blows up the #TrumpPlazaHotelAndCasino. Welp, there goes my daughter’s inheritance. Sorry, honey, Mommy’s got an itchy demo finger!
— bettemidler (@BetteMidler) December 18, 2020
Eventually, the online that is top bid as much as $175,000 with times to get ahead of the auction went real time, filled with a bevy of “do I hears?” to culminate in a rousing “sold!” At this time, Bodnar estimated the bid that is final be north of $500,000, maybe even tickling a million.
Pulling the plug
And that’s when the suits balked. Specifically, the lawyers for Icahn, the billionaire developer, who kindly asked Bodnar to cease and desist.
“At this time, we unfortunately have to announce the cancellation of this sale,” Bodnar wrote on his website. “Shortly after announcing the sale, the attorneys for IEP AC Plaza LLC, a subsidiary controlled by Icahn Enterprises, sent a letter stating that IEP AC Plaza LLC was not on board with the situation and would in no way participate or help facilitate, citing safety issues. After exhausting every avenue to bring the parties together to make this event that is exciting, we received the last choice from IEP AC Plaza LLC that individuals must stop and desist.”
The following day, Icahn decided to donate $* that is 175,000( to the Boys & Girls Club, which was a nice gesture, but clearly less than would’ve been raised if the auction were allowed to continue.
After the cancellation, Small hatched the party that is“viewing plan, plus some $16,000 later on, the auction part of the Trump Plaza implosion is currently, finally and officially, over. Once More.