Feeds

Chicago's bits and pieces to be sold on eBay

Auctioning for art

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Remote control for virtualized desktops

Next month the city of Chicago will go up for sale on eBay.

Okay, the whole city won't be up for grabs, but parts of Chicago's past and present will be auctioned off during a first of its kind event. City officials have teamed with eBay to sell items such as an original Playboy Bunny costume (The Register's Chicago office is conveniently positioned with a direct view of the Playboy headquarters), Chicago manhole covers and decommissioned parking meters. All of the money raised via the auction will go to the Chicago Culture Center, Cultural Grants and the Gallery 37 Center for the Arts.

For what it's worth, city officials say this is the first charitable eBay auction organized by a municipality. Numerous cities sell surplus goods or unclaimed property on eBay, and, in the past, an entire town was put up for auction. Chicago, however, has just charity in mind.

The Chicago eBay auction reflects the city's long-standing desire to be a center of artistic innovation in the US. The auction has been dubbed the Great Chicago Fire Sale in reference to the 1871 fire that destroyed much of the city. After this catastrophe, city officials pushed to have Chicago resurrected as one of the finest examples of modern architecture, and it has lived up to these goals.

Now, people participating in the auction will have a chance to extend Chicago's artistic traditions by supporting free fine arts programs and training, project grants and youth cultural development.

The auction will run from Dec. 2 to Dec. 16. A list of the items up for sale can be found here. ®

Related stories

eCasino snaps up Virgin Mary cheese sarnie
eBay, PayPal and the Virgin Mary
eBay snaffles Dutch classifieds website
Pub landlord secures Vulcan for £15k
Man flogs wedding invite on eBay
Beckham penalty outrage ball lands on eBay
eBayers go ape for Reagan funeral accessories

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
Bladerunner sequel might actually be good. Harrison Ford is in it
Go ahead, you're all clear, kid... Sorry, wrong film
Euro Parliament VOTES to BREAK UP GOOGLE. Er, OK then
It CANNA do it, captain.They DON'T have the POWER!
Musicians sue UK.gov over 'zero pay' copyright fix
Everyone else in Europe compensates us - why can't you?
I'll be back (and forward): Hollywood's time travel tribulations
Quick, call the Time Cops to sort out this paradox!
Megaupload overlord Kim Dotcom: The US HAS RADICALISED ME!
Now my lawyers have bailed 'cos I'm 'OFFICIALLY' BROKE
Forget Hillary, HP's ex CARLY FIORINA 'wants to be next US Prez'
Former CEO has political ambitions again, according to Washington DC sources
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing and building an open ITOA architecture
Learn about a new IT data taxonomy defined by the four data sources of IT visibility: wire, machine, agent, and synthetic data sets.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
5 critical considerations for enterprise cloud backup
Key considerations when evaluating cloud backup solutions to ensure adequate protection security and availability of enterprise data.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Protecting users from Firesheep and other Sidejacking attacks with SSL
Discussing the vulnerabilities inherent in Wi-Fi networks, and how using TLS/SSL for your entire site will assure security.