The Ultimate Rhode Island Auction—Complete with Pirates, Sharks and Glass Saddles
Saturday, January 19, 2019
The "most" Rhode Island auction may be coming in February when the life-size pirate figurines which adorned former Cranston nightclub Mardi Gras -- and more -- go on auction on February 15.
While Sotheby’s auctioned off the von Bulow collection and Christie’s in New York collected at the time “the highest price ever paid at auction for an object other than a painting” for the desk — this auction will be all Rhode Island.
The items derive from some of Rhode Island’s most celebrated nightclubs — JR’s Fastlane, Mardi Gras, Mustang Sally’s and others.
The clubs are interwoven in Rhode Island history as concert venues and nightclubs. In 1992, Foreigner played at JR’s Fastlane at its original location in Providence. In 1993, the Kinks played — the location is now the Providence Public Safety facility.
As the clubs moved and rebranded — the lifecycle ran out.
SEE SOME OF THE AUCTION ITEMS BELOW
In the fall of 2017, it was announced that Mardi Gras and the related clubs would close.
One woman posted to Facebook at the time of the announced closing, “The days of people going to see live bands have faded the generation after us do not go out to see live music and metal and rock is dying if the clubs don't have the people to support local music they can't make it RI has lost so many great places that you could see great bands does anyone remember picking up a Phoenix to see who was playing were and you went from place to place to try and catch a set or two it's just not that way life has taken place for those of us in our 50s our jobs family.”
Tabbitha Quigley continued, "Let's face it just too tired by the time the weekend comes so there are many reasons for these great places go out it's too bad too because there's nothing better then going to see live bands great metal and putting your phone away and be an experience and take it all in.”
Beyond the pirates, there are sharks, a custom signed guitar by the Eagles, and hundreds of other items.
“I estimate it will be about 350 to 400 items in the auction. I am sure there will be something for everyone! Not only will they be able to take home some memories, but also unique one of kind pieces. The clubs have had so many personalities and transformations over the years that the items in the complex read like a timeline of history for a generation or two,” said Michael Salvadore of Salvadore Auctions, Inc.
“The pirates were designed especially for the club Johnny Bahama (inside Mardi Gras) by an artist for the owner of the club John Ready. These are one of a kind and reflect the character of Caribbean pirates who roamed the seas preying on unsuspecting commercial vessels. They reflect the adventurous spirit of the club,” said Salvadore.
Disco Balls and Glass Saddles
Some of the most ornate and unique items being auctioned are made of glass.
“The beauty of these items is that they are made from glass. Can’t find mirrored walls of that size anymore made in glass. There are round and triangular mirrored drops in the club," said Salvadore.
Another unmistakably Rhode Island club icon is an all-glass saddle.
“The glass mirrored saddle is a one of a kind saddle made by a local saddler. The [saddler] spent 5 days at the club cutting mirrored glass by hand and gluing the glass to the saddle. The saddle along with the mirrored disco balls are made from glass mirror. The saddle is a one-of-a-kind creation that is absolutely spectacular and a work of art,” says Salvadore.
“I personally remember going to JR’s Fast Lane when it was in Providence across from the old Mohican Hotel. Providence was a different city than in their world a lot of characters not only in the club but around the neighborhood! It was Halloween almost every night. Around the corner from JR’s Fast Lane was Dukes on Fountain Street and Dean Street, the raunchiest sleaziest dive bar you could ever imagine," said Salvadore.
"It was only a building or two away from our family's metal stamping facility, but [Dukes] did have great and cheap food on Fridays. We would go right from Dukes to JR’s Fastlane!" he added.
The auction details:
ALL ITEMS SOLD INDIVIDUALLY TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER
INSPECTION: FRIDAY FEBRUARY 15 9:00 AM-4:30 PM
DAY OF SALE 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM | Bidding begins at 11:00 AM