ATLANTIC CITY — Now that his name is off the former Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort, the new president of the United States is showing up on eBay.
The online auction site Sunday had seven days left to sell the "Trump" piece of the sign. By 11:30 a.m. , the top bid was $7,500 from 15 bidders for the “Iconic Donald ‘Trump’ Sign from Atlantic City Taj Mahal Casino Entrance," but the seller's reserve still hadn't been reached.
The seller described the item:
“For decades, these Sanskrit-style ‘Trump’ signs greeted visitors at the entryway of Donald Trump’s iconic Trump Taj Mahal. ... Featuring illuminated ruby-red glass in riveted brass casing, they are as much pieces of art as they are pieces of history.
“The signs were procured onsite and are in very good condition, though interior bulbs need replace(ment). ... Note: For sale is the “TRUMP” component of the sign. The “TAJ MAHAL” component remains affixed to the property.”
Workers last week started removing the Trump name from the property, which closed in October, about 26 years after it opened.
Trump’s name was taken from the entrance of the property, as well as from a white elephant on Route 30 entering Atlantic City. Overall, 17 Trump signs have to be removed. Workers will remove the name from the hotel tower next week, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
Trump’s name had to be removed from the property if it was at certain contractual standards by March 15, according to a March 2015 settlement agreement between Trump and Carl Icahn, owner of the Taj Mahal.
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Under the settlement, Trump Entertainment Resorts and Icahn could keep the Trump name on the casino as long as they made renovations and alterations to maintain a “required Taj standard,” according to a court filing by Trump Entertainment.
The court filing said the Trump brand was “iconic” and an “invaluable asset” for Trump Entertainment.
The Taj, which Trump pitched as “the eighth wonder of the world,” closed Oct. 10 after management accused striking Unite Here Local 54 members of preventing a “path to profitability.”
Staff Writer John DeRosier contributed to this report.