- Dispute Erupts Over Signs from Trump Taj Mahal Casino
- Claims the TRUMP signs are worth $100,000
Two signs, bearing the letters ‘TRUMP’, are still causing controversy in Atlantic City.
A series of lawsuits have been filed over the two signs taken from the former Trump Taj Mahal casino. In the most recent development, Trump Taj Mahal Associates (TTMA) claims it had planned to destroy the potentially valuable letters taken from the front of the casino.
TTMA claims that the signs bearing the name of the current president of the United States were acquired illegally by an artifacts dealer from Philadelphia who now intends to sell them for a profit.
Recycling of Urban Materials for Profit (RUMP), the artifacts firm in question, claims that the letters have enormous value to collectors of both casino and presidential memorabilia. RUMP hopes to sell the letters at auction for over $100,000 dollars. RUMP claims it lawfully purchased the signs.
Now the US president, Donald Trump opened the Taj Mahal Casino in Atlantic City in 1990.
A long running controversy
Late last year the Trump Taj Mahal was closed down and left shuttered for four months following then owner Carl Icahan’s long-running dispute with an employee union. Earlier this month, the casino was bought by a group of investors led by Hard Rock International, who announced a massive development and renovation project for the site.
TTMA hired Palmieri Electric of Buena, Atlantic County to cut power to the casino and remove the TRUMP signs as part of the casino’s rebranding. TTMA claims that throughout, the plan for the signage was clear – the letters were to be destroyed or given away, but definitely not sold for profit.
It is claimed that RUMP representatives contacted employees from Palmieri’s contractor, Eastern Sign Tech, and bought the signs for $250.
What does each side want?
An eBay auction of one set of the letters was discontinued following the legal dispute. RUMP responded by filing a lawsuit against TTMA, protesting the block.
Both sides are now seeking court orders to determine once and for all the signs’ rightful owners. TTMA also wants any sale of the signs blocked until the dispute is resolved.