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Jersey shore carousel up for auction

Local News | Jul 22, 2014

Jersey shore carousel up for auction

SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) ?? A piece of Jersey shore history is going up for auction.

An 82-year-old carousel on the Seaside Heights boardwalk that survived Superstorm Sandy will be sold to make room for new attractions. The National Carousel Association says it’s one of only 212 classic wood carousels left in North America.

An auction is planned for the fall, with the hope that a buyer will take the entire ride and prevent it from being broken up. Otherwise, its 58 hand-carved figures and Wurlitzer organ will be sold piecemeal.

The ride’s owners say it’s become expensive to maintain and insure. The New York firm planning the sale says the carousel could fetch more than $2 million.