NORTH BERGEN, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Nothing says “over the top” quite like the opera, and now some of the most glorious and sometimes strange sets, props and costumes from the New York City Opera can be yours for the right price.
CBS 2’s Dave Carlin went to a warehouse in North Bergen on Wednesday for an exclusive look at items for the online auction. It will involve items from more than 80 production, all of which were assembled on site.
“Everywhere I look, I see something colorful and large,” said auction organizer Laurence Garten. “There’s really truly something for everybody here.”
Altogether, the auction, put on by Tiger Remarketing, includes about 90 percent of the opera’s inventory – including Viking helmets, princess gowns, castle ramparts and even chandeliers, including one from “La Traviata.”
The opera part featured row after row of eye-popping artistry and craft from a company famous for groundbreaking productions since 1943.
The history of opera and musical theater items you will find range from the Adonis head from “Tales of Hoffman” and the “Pagliacci” wagon, to items more contemporary such as a Ford Sunliner from “Elixir of Love,” when City Opera updated the show and set it in Texas in the 1950s.
“We’ve had interest from all over the world,” Garten said.
Many of the items are darkly dramatic, but much is also light and whimsical. Some creations from the famous children’s author Maurice Sendak can even be found.
“Every type of item they would need for a production is here, from the wigs to accessories,” Garten said.
Even Jeremy Irons’ suits from “A Little Night Music” and Renata Scotto’s costume from “La Boheme” will be given to the highest bidder.
The New York City Opera is paring down to save money, and to ensure that the works of art find new life with other companies and serious collectors.
Bidding is already underway, and will close in rapid succession, live auction-style, beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 30. An in-person preview will be held this coming Saturday, Monday and Tuesday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the warehouse, at 2220 91st St. in North Bergen, N.J.
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