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Old New York Yankees stadium letters fail to sell at auction

Thursday, April 02, 2015 - 01:07

The 13 large letters that once sat atop and illuminated the ''Yankee Stadium'' in New York have failed to sell at auction. Kathi Urban reports.

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PLEASE NOTE: THIS EDIT CONTAINS MATERIAL THAT WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3 AND MONOCHROME MATERIAL A piece of baseball history that was meant to find a new home and owner. The 13 large letters which once illuminated the entrance of the New York "Yankee Stadium" were expected to sell for between 300,000 and 600,000 US dollars at auction. But on Thursday a spokesman for Sotheby's confirmed the letters had failed to sell. Despite suffering a bit of wear and tear over the years they were still in good working order. SOUNDBITE: Maria Kelly, Sotheby's Senior Vice President, saying (English): "This is not a piece of contemporary art that's just been made. This is a piece of history. It was on the building for 30 years outside in the weather. We didn't want to redo them completely. We wanted to keep a bit of the patina and as much as possible, keep them in the condition they were in originally." Standing at 10 feet each the letters were installed atop the Bronx stadium in 1976 and would remain there for the next 32 years. When a new stadium was built in 2008, they were taken down and bought by former Yankee Reggie Jackson. The original stadium first opened in 1923. Fans also refer to it as 'The House that Ruth Built' after the game's star player Babe Ruth.

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Old New York Yankees stadium letters fail to sell at auction

Thursday, April 02, 2015 - 01:07