Magic City Auction: Inside the Two-Day Live Auction (Photos)
The parking was limited at the studio warehouse where Magic City was filmed, but that didn't stop the cars from filling up the lot and parking along the street in order to get a piece of the live auction Saturday and Sunday.
All photos by Carolina del Busto
Playing on a flat screen TV (certainly not from the 1950s) in the lobby of the warehouse was on loop one of the two seasons of Magic City. Once you entered the actual lot, you walked over two red carpets - always the star treatment at a Jay Sugarman auction - and it felt like you were walking onto a working film set. Tables and desks and bedroom sets were all set up exactly as they were in the show, and as proof, various scene catchers were displayed in the area so you could point out any particular item.
Organized in part by Starz Entertainment and Jay Sugarman Auction Corp., the two day long live auction drew in a healthy crowd and left buyers satisfied with their deals. Unlike the Burn Notice auction, which drew only a handful of fans in the large crowd, most attendees at the Magic City auction were there for the deals. The true fans bid from their homes online from somewhere else on the globe, like the virtual fan who snagged the Miramar Playa hotel sign for a whopping $3,175.
Crew from the show attended the auction and were there to assure buyers of the authenticity of certain items. Oftentimes the auctioneers would single them out in the crowd and ask for them to give a little backstory on a particular item or scene set.
After a couple of hours, the already intimately sized crowd got smaller, and so did the bids. At the beginning of the auction, the auctioneers were starting each bid over $100; towards the end, they started at around $5-$10. One of the best deals of the day on Saturday was a silk tablecloth and matching runner, which a member of the Starz crew said cost $300 It went for $5, and they threw in the table too.
For the fan of the 1950s (or the actual show), there were vintage items galore -- so many so that several items were bundled together in giant shelves and sold by the lot. There were radios, old TVs, phones, typewriters, kitchen appliances, and old leather-made suitcases and briefcases all from the 1950s. It was nostalgia heaven for those who grew up in Miami half a century ago.