Elaine's Memorabilia Set for Auction

Tuesday, Aug 9, 2011  |  Updated 1:47 PM EDT
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Elaine's Memorabilia Set for Auction

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New Yorkers who loved Elaine's on the Upper East Side can now own a piece of the eatery, including the famed Table No. 1.

The personal collection of Elaine Kaufman, who died last year at age 81, will be auctioned by Doyle New York next month.

The auction includes restaurant memorabilia like the vintage cash register from behind the bar, the papier mache horse that hung in the window, the eatery's signature overhead lights, and Table No. 1 with four chairs.

The collection will also feature 250 pieces of artwork, books, furniture and other items from her apartment, including sports memorabilia like a baseball signed by 1986 Mets Keith Hernandez and Gary Carter.

Diane Becker, Elaine's longtime restaurant manager who inherited her estate, said offering the memorabilia for auction was a way to continue her memory.

"I feel that this is the best -- and frankly only -- way I know to share Elaine with those she cared about most -- her Elaine's family," Becker said in a statement.

The public can view the collection Sept. 17 to Sept. 19 at 175 East 87th St., and the auction is set for Sept. 20.

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