Elaine's Restaurant Memorabilia Goes for Big Bucks

Wednesday, Sep 21, 2011  |  Updated 6:51 AM EDT
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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, is currently being auctioned off. 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, baseballs signed by New York Mets legend Keith Hernandez, and Table No. 1 with four chairs.

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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, is currently being auctioned off. 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, baseballs signed by New York Mets legend Keith Hernandez, and Table No. 1 with four chairs.

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Table No. 1 from the famed New York City restaurant Elaine's has sold for almost $9,000 at auction.

An eclectic collection of art and memorabilia from the watering hole on Manhattan's Upper East Side went on the auction block Tuesday at Doyle New York. The restaurant, a longtime favorite of writers and celebrities, shut its doors in May following the death of owner Elaine Kaufman.

Table No. 1 was the most desirable table in the house, where patrons sat to see and be seen.

The auction sales totaled $385,000, including a papier-mache carousel horse that hung in the restaurant's window and fetched $4,000. The old-fashioned cash register went for the same amount. Pieces from Kaufman's collection of fine art and vintage Art Nouveau posters also went for big bucks.

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