Special to News-Record
One of the first items sold Tuesday at the Shangri-La Resort auction was a set of convention center glass front doors for $150.
As ominous black storm clouds rolled across Grand Lake about 100 people gathered inside the resort’s convention center for the first day of the auction to watch and possibly purchase a bit of history.
Shangri-La Resort, a luxury resort near Grove, was known for its golf courses in the 1970s and 1980s before hard economic times produced multiple ownership changes and bankruptcies.
"We will sell all the personal property,” auctioneer J.B. Robinson said.
Thousands of items were auctioned off Tuesday and more is planned for the duration of the six day auction including exercise equipment, a grand piano, Christmas trees, patio furniture, portable bars and elevators.
Robinson told the crowd the three main buildings soon will be torn down by Memorial Day.
"Anything we can unscrew we will sell,” Robinson said. "Glass doors, shrubs, everything.”
One of the first items sold was a countertop with a built in grill and stand which went for $10.
Large silver serving trays went for less than a $1 and steam cookers went for $10.
"I just wanted to see the auction,” said Joan Higgins, holding a bidding number.
Higgins, who has lived on Monkey Island for the past 20 years, said she planned on buying something.
Tulsa businessman Peter C. Boylan, III, purchased the popular Grand Lake resort in 2005 for $5 million. His proposal to build a $500 million Peninsula Resort and Club was put on hold after the country’s economy nosedived into a recession.
In June 2008, the Delaware County commissioner passed a financial proposal establishing a tax increment financing district to rebuild a Grand Lake luxury resort.
The proposal would provide $25 million in tax revenue over 25 years to developers of the Peninsula Resort, for amenities associated with the construction of a new hotel resort where Shangri-La Resort once stood.
A bronze eagle that adorns the lodge and other nostalgia items are escaping and won’t be part of the auction, Boylan said.