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Original Ebbets Field Turnstile
Starting Bid - $2,000, Sold For - $2,938
Addendum: Please note that this piece measures 34 inches in height. The base measures approximately 18 x 18 inches and the top turnstile component measures 38 inches end to end. It weighs approximately 500 pounds.
This treasured artifact once shepherded millions of devout Brooklyn fans into what for many was the equivalent of a religious shrine: Ebbets Field, home of the Dodgers. The turnstile, manufactured by Perey Turnstiles of New York, features four levered arms that turn in unison as a patron enters. Heavy wear is displayed throughout, indicative of both its many years of use and the number of people that clicked through its arms. Turnstiles are among the rarest of all stadium memorabilia. Normally, only about a dozen turnstiles are employed at stadium venues because they are specific to entrance/exit gates, which, of course, are few in number. Whereas we have seen many original seats from Ebbets Field, this is the first turnstile we have ever offered. The authenticity of this piece has been confirmed by Marty Adler, who is the president of the Brooklyn Dodgers Baseball Hall of Fame. In his accompanying one-page handwritten letter, dated January 31, 2001, on Brooklyn Dodgers Baseball Hall of Fame letterhead, he offers the following opinion. In full: "I have examined and investigated the origin of this turnstile. In my opinion it is one of the original eleven (11) turnstiles that was used in Ebbets Field, home of the Brooklyn Dodgers. It was probably used in the Rotunda section of Ebbets Field. This turnstile is in its original condition and has not been changed or altered in any way. The Perey engraving is still seen on the top portion of the turnstile. This turnstile is now in the possession of Grandstand Sports and Memorabilia, Inc. - Marty Adler, Pres." Our consignor purchased this turnstile directly from Grandstand Sports and it has been in his possession since that time. 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. This is both a rare and highly desirable artifact from one of the most revered venues in the history of sports. Please Note: Due to the size and/or weight of this lot, shipping costs (depending on where it is sent and its method of shipping) may be substantial. Reserve $2,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $2,938
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