Maple Leaf Gardens auction makes $300,000+ in Toronto



2015-06-26 13:03:38

Maple Leaf Gardens auction makes $300,000+ in Toronto

A collection of hockey memorabilia from Toronto's historic Maple Leaf Gardens has sold

A banner celebrating the Toronto Maple Leafs' 1967 Stanley Cup victory has sold for $34,000 to highlight Frozen Pond's auction of Maple Leaf Gardens hockey memorabilia.

The team has not regained the cup since, a source of profound disappointment to home town fans. The corresponding reverence for the team from '67 helps explain the banner's strong showing. In contrast, a banner from the 1964 cup winning team achieved only$5,000.

Maple Leaf Gardens memorabilia The Leafs penalty box (not pictured) sold for $10,250

Built for the NHL's Toronto Maple Leafs in 1931, the team left the historic Gardens for the last time in 1999 after 68 years in residence.

The home team's penalty box achieved $10,250 at the November 14-ending auction, up 33.1% on the $7,700 paid for it by collector Sherm Cunningham in 2000.

All 100 items came from Cunningham's collection, amassed at the original sell off of the building's memorabilia.

A toilet from the Leafs' dressing room achieved $5,300, while a pair of front row seats made $7,900.

A number of collages of Stanley Cup-winning sides also performed well - highlighted by examples from 1947 and 1951, which both realised $6,250.

Among the retired number banners, #5 Bill Barilko top performed, selling for $7,503 - his 1951 Stanley Cup-winning goal (the last he ever scored) and his tragic death just four months later, combining to draw in the nostalgic bidders.

Despite the strong showing, the auction house's president, Hersh Borenstein, believes the current NHL lockout dampened enthusiasm.

"We could only wonder what the results would have been had the NHL been playing," he told us exclusively.

"We worked on this auction for 1.5 years, but regardless of how much preparation we could have done, we never would have accounted for a lockout."

The sale achieved more than $300,000 in all.

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