Even in the midst of a presidential campaign, business still matters for GOP frontrunner and real estate mogul Donald Trump. As the billionaire continues his run for the Republican nomination, he's also preparing to sell-off at least 1,000 used items from Trump Turnberry Resort Hotel across the pond in Scotland, Bloomberg reported Tuesday.
Trump bought the historic resort and golf course in April of last year, and is working to remodel it in his image. To that end, Trump Turnberry Resort Hotel is planning to sell at least 1,000 items Thursday, including plasma screen televisions, chandeliers, beds, mattresses, sinks and doors.
Turnberry, located 90 miles from Edinburgh, is one of the world's most famous golf courses and has hosted the British Open four times. But the draw for the auction is still the outspoken and controversial Trump.
“It’s a Trump hotel, he’s a candidate for president, he’s a character,” said Bob Chambers, commercial director of Wilsons Auctioneers, the company running the auction, according to Bloomberg. “Lots of people want a piece of memorabilia.”
Trump has spent millions on golf, his organization's website listing 16 courses to his name. He purchased Turnberry for a relative bargain price of 35.7 million euros, and in 2014 was named the second most powerful person in the sport by industry magazine Golf Inc. Bloomberg valued Trump's golf and resort properties to be worth $570 million.
Chambers told Bloomberg that he expected some 100 people to attend the auction held at Turnberry, with potential bidders also able to make offers online. Most of the items are around five years old and there will be no reserve prices. Chambers told Bloomberg he did not know how much would be raised since many fittings bear the Turnberry logo instead of Trump branding.
The remodeled hotel is expected to reopen next summer. When Trump bought the course, which last hosted the major British Open in 2009, he promised he would spend in order to make improvements. In typical Trump fashion he said he would invest "many millions of dollars" to make it the most luxurious such resort in Europe, ESPN reported at the time. The auction Thursday might just make a few of those dollars back.