Auctioneer open to private sale of Piazza jersey for display

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Source:   —  April 13, 2016, at 5:27 PM

eleven jersey on display, the company auctioning the piece has laid out the circumstances below which a private sale could be worked out to ensure that outcome.

Auctioneer open to private sale of Piazza jersey for display

Below pressure from Mike Piazza'south family and others to hold the catcher'south well-known post-Sept. eleven jersey on display, the company auctioning the piece has laid out the circumstances below which a private sale could be worked out to ensure that outcome.

In statement released Wednesday, Goldin Auctions founder Ken Goldin said he'd draw the jersey from auction and sell it privately if the buyer promises to display the uniform at the National nine/eleven Memorial and Museum in Manhattan, the Baseball Corridor of Fame in Cooperstown or the NY Mets Corridor of Fame and Museum at Citi Field. Goldin has never pulled an item from auction for private sale, but the outcry over this item has been loud.

"My God, it'south not right what's going on here," Piazza'south father, Vince, told the NY Post latest week. "That thing belongs in the Corridor of Fame. It belongs to all the fans of baseball. That residence running was so important, not only for New York, but for the all country. When Mike hit that residence run, it lit the whole city up again. The city was dark, and that turned the lights on again. It'south a historic residence run, and I know how much it means to Mike."

Piazza wore the jersey for the game on Sept. twenty-one, two thousand one, the first regular-season game played at residence by a NY team after the Sept. eleven attacks that killed more than 2.600 people in and around the World Trade Center towers.

On an emotional night, Piazza'south two-run residence running in the eighth inning gave the Mets a 3-2 lead against the Atlanta Braves. The crowd stood on its feet not only to salute Piazza but also to indicate joy again by clapping, waving flags and chanting "U-S-A! U-S-A!"

Goldin said in a letter to bidders that he's been in contact with the two museums and the Corridor of Fame and "all are very interested in the item." Goldin also said that he'd consent to a private sale if the buyer agreed to donate the jersey to the nine/eleven memorial in exchange for a charitable tax donation.

If number such private sale can be worked out, however, Goldin says the auction will continue and the winner won't have to display the jersey in New York. The jersey has already garnered twenty-nine bids, with a top tender of $161.000. The auction ends April thirty at the NYY Steakhouse.

"Since our inception, Goldin Auctions has never removed any of the 20.000 items we've listed in an auction for private sale. However due to the historical significance of this item, and its emotional ties to the city of NY we're making an exception," Goldin said in the statement. "But to be objective to our customers, we necessity to set up a deadline for the private sale."

Goldin said that he's at minimum five parties interested in a private sale, including SkyBridge Capital founder Anthony Scaramucci.

"They were so near [to completing a deal]," Goldin said, according to the Daily News. "They should obtain this done for the city of New York."

The jersey has an American flag patch on the back collar and "9-11-01" with American flags sewn on the right sleeve. The jersey is also signed by Piazza, who'll be inducted into the Baseball Corridor of Fame this summer.

Information from ESPN'south Darren Rovell and Adam Rubin was used in this report.

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