Hundreds of visitors flocked to Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on Thursday as the liquidation sale of the casino and hotel, once owned by President Donald Trump, began.
The National Content Liquidation (NCL), a property and hotel liquidation company, organized a sale of all the items at Trump Taj Mahal Hotel featuring 1, 200 guestrooms and suites. The sale is open from 10 a.m. EDT to 7 p.m. EDT on weekdays and 12 p.m. EDT to 5 p.m. EDT on Sundays. The company also said the sale would be on until all the items are sold. The NCL also stated on its website all the items were tagged, priced, and sold on a first come basis.
Popular items at the sale include room furnishings, king and queen size beds, coffee tables, end tables, sofa sets, tables and chairs, chandeliers, lamps, daybeds, artworks, mirrors, TV sets, and much more. However, the NCL removed all items from the casino that had "Trump" written on it, the Associated Press (AP) reported.
“I would have liked to get a roulette table or a blackjack table with the name 'Trump' on it,” Dr. Jason Bourne from Bethesda, Maryland, said.
Gerald Winchester of Atlantic City, who was among the first few people to arrive for the sale, bought a flat-screen video monitor for $50. "I have no use for chandeliers, but I can use a nice TV for my bedroom," Winchester said, adding he often stayed at the Taj Mahal hotel and the furniture in the hotel seemed familiar to him, which made him buy items displayed for auction, the U.S. News reported. “I've been in so many rooms at this place that I probably already watched this TV," he added.
The hotel’s three largest chandeliers placed above the main escalators which were originally bought for $250, 000 each, were now offered for $35,000 each. The seven small chandeliers placed in the lobby were priced at $7,500 each.
Don Hayes of National Content Liquidators said: “We actually have somebody from Texas that's flying in here to take a look at them. He's gonna put 'em all in his house!"
The $1 billion Trump Taj Mahal casino was inaugurated by Trump in 1990. However, in 2014, when its parent company went bankrupt, the hotel’s activities came to a standstill. It was on the verge of shutting down but was somehow saved after it was revamped under the new ownership of Icahn Enterprises. The hotel was finally shut down on Oct. 10, 2016.
Once the auction gets over, the casino would be replaced by Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, who plans to completely renovate the property, according to the Hill. The report also stated Icahn sold the Trump Taj Mahal to Hard Rock in March for about $50 million.