SEASIDE HEIGHTS – Mike Bache got finished riding the historic carousel at Casino Pier with his 2-year-old granddaughter Monday afternoon, not knowing it could be one of his last chances to enjoy the century-old attraction.
This fall, the carousel will be sold at auction by auctioneers from New York City-based Guernsey’s, a nearly 40-year-old auction house. If the auctioneer cannot find a buyer interested in preserving the carousel intact, then the carousel risks being auctioned figure by figure and sold in individual pieces, officials said.
Maria Mastoris, spokesperson for Casino Pier, said the company will address the reason for sale at a press conference Monday. No date has formally been announced for the auction. It is the desire of the owners, as well as Guernsey’s, for the carousel to be sold as a whole and remain intact, forever preserving this historic landmark for future generations, officials said.
The Casino Pier ride is not the only carousel from Ocean and Monmouth counties on the market. Asbury Park’s old Palace Carousel still remains for sale on eBay for $250,000. A “Save the Old Palace Carousel from Asbury Park” group has formed, and is working to become a nonprofit entity, according to a post on its Facebook page. The carousel is owned by William Sitar, an Iselin-based developer who has worked on many projects in Asbury Park.