November 27, 2023

The legendary Tannersville Inn re-opened its doors to the public one last time, for a live auction.

Over 540 items were on display and sold to the highest bidder on Saturday, Oct. 22. Everything from beer advertising signs, to tables, barstools, booths, kitchen appliances, coal stoves, furniture and even jewelry were up for grabs.

Fast-talking auctioneer, Robert Teel of Teel Auctions started chanting in front of hundreds of people at 10 a.m. until the last items sold around 5 p.m. The parking lot was full as the auction drew in hundreds of people throughout the entire day.

“This is difficult for me sometimes, doing this sale, especially at the Tannersville Inn, where Steve and Bobby were great friends of mine,” said Teel. “So it’s a little hard on me emotionally, but yet necessity.”

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Auctioneers facilitate bids over items at the Tannersville Inn on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022.

Teel reminisced about “the spot where Steve stood in the bar by the gate and everyone called him the captain and he ran this place and so did Bobby. They were a great brothers team, where Steve had worked it on the weekends, and Bobby had it during the week. It’s just wonderful memories here.”

“My job is to get as much as humanly possible via this live and online auction,” said Teel. “Although it’s not just the numbers, this is about people and memories. Some say there are ghosts upstairs. Whether you believe it or not, it’s a great time of year to be here.”

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According to Teel, there were a lot of inquiries about old menus and other memorabilia. Some of the more high stake items were a pair of butchers’ blocks that sold for $700 and $575 each. An antique Tannersville hotel photograph in frame sold for $800. A Hollywood California spotlight sold for $450. A three light street light sold for $475. Three Tannersville Inn wooden signs sold for over $325 each. Multiple sets of bar stools sold for over $250 for each set of 4. Multiple lots of beer taps and beer signs were also popular items, fetching hundreds of dollars in bids.


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