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Prince of downtown Mickey Boardman’s one-day sale of royal memorabilia at Housing Works in Soho on Thursday was such a hit, it was extended over the weekend — and Boardman was adding extra items.
The Paper magazine editor-at-large was selling off what he considers the most important collection of royal collectibles in NYC to support Housing Works, and to gain some space in his one-bedroom apartment.
We hear that during the charity sale, dubbed Mr. Mickey’s Charity Estate Sale, makeup whiz Bobbi Brown messaged Boardman to see what was left for her to buy for her hotel in New Jersey, the George. “Theater Talk” creator Susan Haskins-Doloff was so inspired she’s considering doing a similar sale with her trove of theater books, Boardman said.
“Mr. Mickey” added that his longtime friend, legendary Village Voice columnist Michael Musto, showed up “partly to check if I had donated any royal goodies he had given me as a gift.” When Musto saw a Royal Bingo game Boardman had donated, “He thought it was the one he gave me, which he had bought at Housing Works!” Boardman said. “But really I still have that one, and the one I donated was another,” which had been gifted to him by former InStyle editor Ariel Foxman.
Boardman previously told us of deciding to part with some of his most prized royal possessions: “I have a one-bedroom apartment. I don’t want to be that old woman, where her entire ranch house is filled with Charles and Diana slippers. … I love the idea of turning shopping into philanthropy, and to find a good home for my things.”
He said that pals, such as Musto and renowned fashion writer Lynn Yaeger, have contributed to his collection over the years with gifts from their travels.
“I’m like the old frog lady, where everyone buys her frogs,” mused Boardman.
As far as American royalty, Boardman was famously behind the Kim Kardashian “Break the Internet” cover for Paper.
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