Christie's auctions New York's most famous street sign

Christie's is unveiling a quintessential piece of New York history on June 22: an original Wall Street and Broad Street post-top style intersection street sign.

Dated to the late-19th to early-20th Century, this iconic sign stood at the famous intersection of New York's Wall and Broad streets - one of the most famous street corners in history and the epicentre of world finance.


Wall Street is the US's financial epi-
centre, as show in director Oliver
Stone's eponymous 1987 movie

The sign was positioned in front of The House of Morgan and in the shadows of the New York Stock Exchange during the dramatic, and often turbulent, first part of the 20th Century.

Christie's is auctioning the sign in its home city of New York with an estimate of $60,000-80,000.

This isn't the first time that a city has auctioned an iconic piece of scenery or architecture...

In 2009, the French auction house Drouot sold an 1889 staircase from Paris's Eiffel Tower, measuring 7.8 metres high, for €105,400.

The same sale also featured a pair of late-19th-early-20th century second class seats from the Subway Parisien, sold for €22,320 and a wooden hexagonal Parisian newspaper kiosk which realised €14,260.


The iconic Wall Street and Broad Street intersection street sign

Meanwhile, other highlights in the Christie's sale will include a collection of the works of the Nobel Prize-winning American author William Faulkner, Jack Kerouac's last typewriter and an official 1823 engraving of the Declaration of Independence.

Elsewhere, collectors hoping to acquire a historic copy of the Declaration of Independence have a chance to own the only contemporary broadside printed version on the private market. One of just five known extant copies is going under the hammer at Sotheby's this Thursday, June 17.

 

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