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Trump's Taj Mahal in Atlantic City Desperate to Get Rid of Its Belongings
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11 Jul 2017 08:17 PM EST

-by Chanel Adams, Staff Writer; Image: Trump Taj Mahal (Image Source: Andrew Borysowski via Wikimedia Commons)

The liquidation sale at the now vacant Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort is still happening.

On Monday, July 9, thousands of people were seen looking for deals on property and items that were once owned by Donald Trump. The liquidation sale happens as Hard Rock International transforms it into the Hard Rock Casino and Hotel Atlantic City, which will be open by Memorial Day 2018. Shoppers were on the hunt on Monday, as they purchased bed frames, mattresses, lamps, and chairs.

Only rooms on the 38th through the 50th floors are open and accessible to the public, according to the Press of Atlantic City. Additional floors are expected to open throughout the week. The liquidation sale will run through September, or until all the merchandise is sold out. It runs daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET and again on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. ET.

The Taj Mahal Casino Resort is not so pleasant. Underneath the walls and carpets is nothing but mold. Shoppers didn't seem to be bothered by the growing fungus. They were on a bargain hunt. Most of them were seen carrying as much merchandise as they could leave with. Some even hauled out grand pianos, art, poker tables, chandeliers, and furniture. However, anything with Trump's name on it is not for sale. That merchandise was removed from the site after the resort closed in October 2016.

"Everything must go" is right. Here are the prices from Trump's Taj Mahal Liquidation Sale:

  • Bed set from hotel rooms - $100
  • Chandeliers - $7,500-$35,000
  • Poker tables - $550-$650
  • Poker chairs - $39
  • Televisions - $45 and up (depending on size)
  • Irons - $8
  • Lamps - start at $15 
  • Trash Cans- $20
  • Circular Metal Table- $35 
  • Brass Hand Rail- $45 

Women have been snagging up the lamps. Meanwhile, men didn't seem to be bothered by purchasing the mattresses, which have been used before. One man took the liquidation sale too literal. A 22-year-old college student named Dave Cipollini from Brigantine, New Jersey, stripped down to his underwear and stepped into a shower in one of the hotel rooms.

"I mean, it's a liquidation sale. So, they're giving us a sample," he explained to NJ.com. "I wanted to see how the shower was. Maybe I could get a free shower."

Cipollini returned to Trump's Taj Mahal after he was banned from there. He was barred for jumping onstage during a Blues Traveler concert, according to Patch. He wanted to make his return as a sort of revenge tactic.

The president opened the Taj Mahal in 1990. He called it the "eighth wonder of the world." Unfortunately, it didn't last. Within a year, it filed for bankruptcy, due to crumbling debt. Trump ended his contract with Atlantic City in 2009 after he lost control of his casino due to bankruptcy. Investor Carl Icahn shut down the Taj Mahal in October after his strike with the union. He sold it to Hard Rock International for $50 million. The Trump name has already been removed from the building.

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