CTA auctions off memorabilia - KMSP-TV

CTA auctions off memorabilia

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Customers, transit enthusiasts and fans of Chicago history will be able to own their own piece of the city if they have the highest bid. The Chicago Transit Authority will host their first ever memorabilia auction beginning Thursday and lasting one week.

The auction items are surplus, individual and bulk assets of the authority that are considered collectable or memorabilia items, such as a small section of the "third rail," vintage signage, seats or crossing gates.

Of the more than 100 items, some of the oldest are the 2200 Series rail cars that were build more than 40 years ago and were recently retired from service.

"This is a chance for transit fans to obtain a piece of Chicago history," said CTA President Forrest Claypool. "We're pleased to be able to offer our loyal customers a chance to collect CTA memorabilia."

CTA is partnering with Rick Levin Associates, Inc., which will conduct the auction on behalf of the agency. The auction will be held at Rick Levin online.

"We are pleased to partner with the CTA, an iconic brand in Chicago," said Levin. "We look forward to connecting collectors and transit enthusiasts with a little piece of the CTA."

Bidding began Thursday morning and will end 10 a.m. Dec. 18.

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