Dawn M. Pinnock, commissioner of the NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS), and Pauline A. Toole, commissioner of the NYC Department of Records and Information Services (DORIS), today announced the beginning of Gifts to the City, a series of online auctions of particular gifts given to previous mayors of New York City.
DCAS is now holding an initial auction featuring more than 50 items from Mayors Koch, Dinkins, Giuliani, and Bloomberg.
The auctions will span one to three weeks. Sports memorabilia with autographs, art, jewelry, and other souvenirs are available.
Gifts given to mayors and other city officials are still City of New York property, and DORIS manages them. DORIS has determined that the objects up for auction lack any research or archival value.
Some featured items include:
Nike Air Force One Sneakers Autographed by Ice-T and Fab 5 Freddy – Mayor Bloomberg
Tiffany & Co. Cake Slicer Inscribed for the Museum of the City of New York Groundbreaking in 2006 – Mayor Bloomberg
Tiffany & Co. Clock Inscribed with: Hospital for Special Surgery Discovery to Recovery, 2005 – Mayor Bloomberg
A 25-inch String of Pearls Gifted to Mayor Bloomberg – Mayor Bloomberg
Tiffany & Co. Sterling Silver Cufflinks and Lapel Pin – Mayor Giuliani
A Louis Vuitton 1998 World Cup Soccer Ball – Mayor Giuliani
A Spalding Basketball Autographed by New York Knicks Players – Mayor Giuliani
Glass Apple Shaped Paperweight Gifted by Diana Ross – Mayor Dinkins
Silver Bowl from Catalca, Istanbul in a Velvet Enclosure – Mayor Dinkins
Framed Chinese Art – Mayor Dinkins
Matted Portrait of Mayor Koch by Miriam Troop (autographed by Mayor Koch) – Mayor Koch
Framed Front Page of The Village Voice featuring Cover Story: Mayor Dearest: An Exclusive Preview of Mayor Koch’s Memoirs – Mayor Koch
Original Painting by Artist Peter Max Depicting the Face of the Statue of Liberty; Includes a Hand-Written Inscription to Mayor Koch and the Artist’s Signature – Mayor Koch
“Gifts to the City offers a unique opportunity to own a piece of history,” said NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services Commissioner Dawn M. Pinnock.
“This is the first time the City has auctioned gifts to past mayors, and New Yorkers have a chance to purchase items they won’t get anywhere else,” Pinnock added.