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Yorktowne contents scheduled for May 27 sale

Public sale to feature items from historic York hotel, now closed for renovations

A 2017 photo of The Yorktowne Hotel (File photo) - (Photo / Amy Spangler)

A hotel can accumulate quite a few items over nearly a century.

Organizers of the effort to renovate York’s historic Yorktowne Hotel are holding a public sale of the former hotel’s contents on Saturday, May 27.

The sale will begin at 9 a.m. at the hotel at 48 E. Market St., York.

The sale is being organized by the hotel’s owners, the York County Industrial Development Authority. The auction will be led by Toomey Auction Service Inc. of Hellam Township.


An anticipated timeline for specific sale items will be updated closer to the sale date, organizers announced.

And information regarding the sale list, photos of items and vendors who will be on-site during the sale will be updated via Facebook at sites for the Toomey auction firm and the Yorktowne.


In addition to the May 27 sale, a “preview night’ to allow the public a chance to view auction items in advance will take place Friday, May 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the hotel site.

The closest parking for the preview and the auction is at York’s Market Street parking garage, across from the hotel, with other parking available at the Philadelphia Street garage and a parking deck on Philadelphia Street near York Central Market and the White Rose Bar & Grill.

Food vendors and moving services will be available on Saturday during the public sale, organizers said, and all historic, special, and valuable items will be preserved and stored off-site, they also have said.

The Yorktowne closed Nov. 6 for what is expected to be a two-year renovation effort, and planners of the project have estimated it will cost $20 milion to renovate the hotel. Details on what the new Yorktowne will look like have yet to be announced.

The hotel opened in 1925, and until now its most significant renovation was in 1957.

With the hotel renovation effort expected to start soon, officials with the project have established a project website to keep the public informed of the latest news on the project.

David O'Connor
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