July 13, 2008 Denver, CO
Well, not the whole theater. The City & County of Denver is selling a few of the original old-growth benches to hobbyist or collectors who want to own a piece of history. Red Rocks is renovating and replacing the old wooden benches. In order to make the pieces available to the community, the City has chosen to sell a limited number of the seats through its on-line auction site, http://www.success-auctions.com/.
The pieces, sold in small lots, all measure approximately 2 ½ x 5 1/2 inches, and range from 5 feet to 10 feet in length. All are original, old growth, clear heart lumber, and many still have the original seat numbers on them. There are only a few lots available, and the auction ends this coming Saturday, July 19, 2008, at 5:00 pm Mountain.
According to Kris Deutmeyer, City of Denver Purchasing Dept., “The City wants to make sure we do what’s right and dispose of these items properly”. He added “we’ve had lots of inquiries from people who want to own a piece of Red Rocks, and this is the best way to do it”.
“We’ve sold Denver artifacts for years” said Shannon Schur, CEO of Schur Success Auction Services. “This is just another piece of Denver History being made available to the pubic – it’s just the first time we’ve done it exclusively on-line” she said.
The wood can be milled and used for other projects, or simply saved as-is for a memento. Anyone who's ever been to the beautiful outdoor theater will appreciate the memories such a piece will bring. Will it have collector value? Who knows? All we know is, if you want it, you can "get a piece" for just a short time.