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Ed Koch's furniture up for auction

Sun Nov 17, 2013 5:48 pm

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Former Mayor Ed Koch’s furniture, art collections up for auction on Monday

The items belonging to the popular politician, who died in February at age 88, include a note from Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, a burgundy leather club chair and ottoman that he sat on while receiving guests at his Greenwich Village home.

By Stephen Rex Brown / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Saturday, November 16, 2013, 8:53 PM

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Trinkets that belonged to former New York City Mayor Ed Koch on display during an auction preview at Doyle New York at 175 E. 78th St. in Manhattan on Saturday.

Ask yourself — how’m I bidding?

Former Mayor Ed Koch’s furniture, art collection and prized letters will be up for auction beginning Monday at Doyle New York. Koch’s belongings include his favorite chair, a dining room table and even a thank-you note from Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

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Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch says good-bye to reporters as he gets in his car after being released from the hospital in New York on Dec. 10, 2012. Some of his household items are up for auction.

“He was one of the great New Yorkers of the 20th century,” said Louis Webre, 55, a senior vice president of the auction house.

Christie M. Farriella for New York Daily News

A postcard with the words "Welcome to New York City" scrawled on the letterhead of Mayor Ed Koch is among the items up for sale at an auction of Koch's belongings.

“He liked modern design, but he obviously had other interests. It’s a diverse group he collected.”

Christie M. Farriella for New York Daily News

A desk belonging to former Mayor Ed Koch is among the items up for sale at Doyle New York.

Highlights from the auction include a burgundy leather club chair and ottoman that Koch usually sat in when receiving guests at his Greenwich Village home or when eating dinner alone. It’s estimated to be worth $300. Also up for bid are Koch’s dining room table and chairs designed by Frank Lloyd Wright worth about $6,000.

During the second phase of the auction on Nov. 25, Koch’s letters and books will be up for bid. The collection includes letters from Bill and Hillary Clinton, Ronald Reagan, Al Gore and a framed copy of a 1948 letter from Harry Truman recognizing the newly established state of Israel.

Christie M. Farriella for New York Daily News

Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch’s furniture, letters and other collectibles, like an 'I Love NY' pocketknif,e are up for bid at auction.

The handwritten Onassis note is dated July 12, 1991.

Christie M. Farriella for New York Daily News

A letter from Hillary Clinton to former Mayor Ed Koch on display at an auction preview at Doyle New York at 175 E. 78th St. in Manhattan on Saturday.

“Such a joyous time,” she wrote. “I don’t think we ever stopped laughing. Your love of life is contagious and you sent everyone home feeling a happiness and insouciance that does not happen everyday in dear old N.Y.C.”

Christie M. Farriella for New York Daily News

A letter from former President Ronald Reagan to former New York City Mayor Ed Koch are among the items belonging to Koch that are up for bid at an auction starting Monday at Doyle New York.

Koch, who served as mayor from 1978 to 1989, died in February. He was 88. The Bronx-born pol made famous his trademark greeting by approaching New Yorkers with a simple ‘How’m I doing?”

Christie M. Farriella for New York Daily News

A letter from Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis is among the items belonging to former New York City Mayor Ed Koch up for bid at an auction starting Monday at Doyle New York in Manhattan.