New York City Opera to Auction Off Instruments, Costumes, Props

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Need a mustard-colored robe, a green-velvet chair or a harpsichord? The vestiges of 70 years of operatic history will go on the block on December 12 as New York City Opera plans to auction off its remaining sets, props, costumes, instruments and office equipment.

The public sale was approved Tuesday by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Sean Lane in Manhattan. The auctioneer, Tiger Remarketing Servicing LLC, will get 10 percent of the proceeds from the auction, which will go to satisfy debts incurred by City Opera. The company filed for bankruptcy protection last month.

The liquidation includes numerous percussion instruments including a five-octave celesta, a xylophone and Ludwig concert toms. There will be dresses, capes, uniforms and other period costumes; shop equipment such as table saws and belt sanders; and computers, printers and paper shredders from the opera's office in Lower Manhattan.

"This is part of the process of winding down the company," said a company spokesperson.

City Opera previously auctioned off $500,000 worth of sets and costumes in January as part of a late effort to raise funds. The company announced it was closing on Oct. 3 after a campaign to raise enough funds for its 2014 season fell short.