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Monday, August 4, 2014

Candlestick Park Scoreboard, Washing Machines, Kitchen Fixtures To Be Auctioned Off

Posted By on Mon, Aug 4, 2014 at 4:27 PM

click to enlarge A night when a few more candlesticks would have been welcome at Candlestick
  • A night when a few more candlesticks would have been welcome at Candlestick
The city of San Francisco may yet auction off the right to flip the caps and implode Candlestick Park. Bidding would be intense

But, prior to then, the ballpark's desiccated corpse will be picked clean, and future bidders on Candlestick's immolation may first put in bids on its infrastructure

Most of the team memorabilia — namely, those orange seats — will be sold by the city and team in a separate batch, with 49ers season ticket-holders getting first shot. As we've written before, if you really wanted a plastic stadium seat, they can be had for less than 1 percent what a retired Candlestick seat will cost you.

But you could actually get a good price on the stadium's heavy duty industrial equipment — if that's the kind of thing you want to buy. Hell, you could buy the damn kitchen sink

Heritage Global Partners will handle the sale on Sept. 10; the Bay Area-based outfit previously auctioned off the entrails of the America's Cup and the ephemera of Amway Stadium in Orlando. Fourth-generation auctioneer Nick Dove notes that his company liquidated Enron, Solyndra, and Napster (Ask not for whom the bell tolls — but it's good business for the bell-toller). He's handled many, many shuttered factories or plants. 

This, however, is the first time Dove will ever auction off a place of  childhood nostalgia. But not elements of the stadium you're likely nostalgic about. Here's a small sampling of what could be yours come Sept. 10: 

click to enlarge Pssst! You wanna buy a scoreboard?
  • Pssst! You wanna buy a scoreboard?

Dove figures this last item will be snatched up by a local high school or junior college. Or, maybe not — "Maybe even a sports bar!" he says with a laugh. 

It'll have to be a sports bar with a means of getting a 16-foot-high scoreboard into the building. But you never know. 

Dove's auction house earns its dough via a 16 percent "buyers premium." If that scoreboard were to go for, say, $100 (it won't), then the City of San Francisco would get $100 and Heritage would get $16. 

In addition to the nostalgia factor, Dove says buyers appreciate stadium sales because "You know you're buying something that works. If you buy the stadium generator from Candlestick Park, you know it's a working generator." 

Well, most of the time

"Okay," he says. "But for that one night, it's a working generator." 

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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