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Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Wow, Tony Award worth something!

Five grand, that is...

The 1991 Tony Award for best musical revival, honoring the producers Barry and Fran Weissler for “Fiddler on the Roof,” below, was sold at auction in Dallas on Saturday night for $5,676.25.

News of the auction began circulating around Broadway after the Tony showed up on eBay last week. Mr. Weissler said that he knew nothing about it and that he still has his Tony. Howard Sherman, the executive director of the American Theater Wing, which administers the Tony Awards along with the Broadway League, said he had assumed that this particular Tony, on which the name Weissler is misspelled (extra ‘w’) was returned to its manufacturer at some point.
Meanwhile, Mr and Mrs Barry WWeisler were unavailable for comment.

While here it wasn't the producers themselves peddling their awards, given the economy, I would be surprised if we start seeing more such Ebay "clearance sales."

Or maybe they'll go Jake LaMotta style...
(fast forward to 3-minute mark)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I know where the TONY orgininated. I purchased about 15 awards from the previous manufacturer, Eagle Art, in NYC, when they went out of business around 1990. I bought them from an employee, who had all of the unsold and defective awards. I sold or traded all of them, but two, which I kept for my personal collection.