When a Southern California landmark shutters after a several-decade run doing whatever it does best, one can almost hear the sound of the auction gavel, the gavel that is sure to fall in the months or years following the landmark's closure.
Such was the case with the Ambassador Hotel on Wilshire Boulevard, when history and hotel fans snapped up lighting fixtures and old hardware before its 2008 teardown. And such will be the case with Betfair Hollywood Park, which saw its final horse race in December.
But not too much time is passing between the Inglewood track's goodbye and the going-once, going-twice gavel this time around: Betfair Hollywood Park assets will go up on the block on Friday, Jan. 24 and Saturday, Jan. 25.
No saddles or bits are on the list, but the lots are plentiful. Items up for auction will include indoor and outdoor furniture, including stadium seating, signs and banners, and lighting. Oh, this should be a prize for the top bidder: the infield scoreboard.
Artwork by artist Dave McNary as well as posters of the jockeys and Hollywood luminaries who frequented the track'll also be in the everything-must-go mix.
Hollywood was a big part of the track from day one, which happened to be June 10, 1938. Jack Warner of Warner Bros. served as track chairman and a whole caboodle of stars showed up to cut the proverbial ribbon, including Barbara Stanwyck, Joan Crawford, and Bob Hope.
So bet some Tinseltown collectors will be bidding, along with horse mavens.
The track is set to make way for a large development which will include retail, a movie theater, and housing units.
GA Global Partners will helm the auction. To eye the lots, trot here.