This Might Just Be the Oddest Auction Lot Ever

Thomas Kramer's pig statues, coffin up for grabs in Miami Beach
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 25, 2018 12:30 PM CST
Because one stripper pole wasn't enough.   (Moecker Auctions)
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(Newser) – Anyone in need of a dining table with two stripper poles on top? Life-size Alien and Predator statues? What about a coffin? You can get all that and more in one place: an auction in Miami Beach. The items used to belong to Thomas Kramer, the hard-partying playboy and former property developer responsible for the Portofino Tower. But they were seized, along with Kramer's two South Beach mansions, following a legal battle with the heirs of his former father-in-law, Siegfried Otto, reports the Miami Herald. Kramer claimed the millions he received from Otto to invest in real estate came as a gift; in 2012, Otto's heirs successfully argued in Swiss courts that it was a loan. Last year, a Miami-Dade civil court judge ruled the $200 million judgment could be enforced in the US, and Kramer's creditors swooped in.

An attorney representing Otto's heirs says offers are now welcome on the 11-bedroom and 4-bedroom Mediterranean-style Star Island mansions that have been vacant since 2012. The homes' contents, however, will be sold as a single lot at an auction at a Miami-Dade County Sheriff's Office building on Feb. 14, per Curbed. Included is a king-size bed set up for bondage, a large metal velociraptor, a life-size statue of what appears to be a boozy monk, and many other items showing Kramer's apparent fondness for pigs and the color red. The Herald notes Kramer doesn't seem too upset that his possessions will soon be sold. In a Facebook message from Switzerland, he says he has no regrets from his "great 20-year ride in Miami" and is now living a "much easier, less complicated life" in Europe with "less alcohol" and "less parties." (No one was willing to pay enough for Hitler's Mercedes at this recent auction.)

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