Last Friday, Las Vegas memorabilia collectors had the opportunity to acquire a piece of the iconic Stardust Casino, which closed last month. The Stardust was one of the first casinos on the Strip and set the path for the future popularity of the Las Vegas’ street.
For some bidders, the prices of the auction were a bit inflated. "The bidding was just plain stupid," Jim Gensbechler of Las Vegas said. “A new 42-inch screen plasma was advertised in the newspaper for $1,400. These ones were going for $1,100, $1,200, and you don't know how long they have been used.”
More than 2,500 bidders took part of the auction and made offers for about 50,000 items that used to be part of the Stardust Casino. Among the items, there were several components of the hotel’s showroom and a replica of the famous Stardust spaceship, which was used in numerous publicity photos during the 1960’s.