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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 11/2/2013
Completed on March 28, 1929 at a cost of $9.5 million, Chicago Stadium was the largest indoor arena in the world at the time. Affectionately known as the "Madhouse on Madison" it was a raucous arena with plenty of history. Chicago Stadium hosted five separate National Party conventions, heard hundreds of concerts including those by Elvis Presley the year he died, and countless rodeos, boxing matches and other events. However, it is best known for being the home of the Chicago Blackhawks from 1929-1994, for which this Stadium was built. It also was the home of the Chicago Bulls from their inception in 1967 through 1994. Offered is an original turnstile from this historical Stadium. When both the Bulls and the Hawks advanced to the new United Center for their 1994 seasons, all the history remained at the old arena, but the Stadium was demolished a year later. This saved turnstile measures 28" long by 22-1/2" wide by 39" high, and has handled the entrance of countless patrons and fans for all those aforementioned occasions. Actually, it appears this specific turnstile has accounted for 65,289 fans as this is the number reading on the counter. Who knows, but this counter could have turned over one or several times over the years. The "Perey New York" manufacturers name is on top, and while the main part is painted solid red, it contains silver colored bars and silver top. The number "2" is in black on the front, likely indicating this ws the second turnstile in a particular section. The turnstile still allows access, turning just as well as it did in its heyday, but the counter is stuck at the same number, sort of a final tally. The handle bar and base are still in tremendous condition, despite the advanced use it had received over the years. The usual dents, nicks and chipped paint accompany this item, mostly within the lower areas. This item is a great part of Chicago sports history, witnessing parts of three Stanley Cup championships and three NBA titles. Due to the size and weight of this lot, shipping costs will be substantial.
Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $300.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $426.53
Number Bids: 3
Auction closed on Saturday, November 2, 2013.
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