Sign of the times up for sale

A slide of Dunedin's nightlife will go under the hammer this weekend.

Two years after Sammy's closed for good, the neon sign which sat above the entrance to the nightclub from 1984 will go up for auction on Sunday at Hayward's Auction House.

Owner Sam Chin said the sign had sat in storage since he sold the venue to the Dunedin City Council in 2017.

''The sign was up from the time we opened to the time we handed the keys over to the council on February 10, 2017.''

While the sign had seen better days, it still worked, Mr Chin said.

It was the bright shining light of Dunedin's nightlife for more than 30 years, but on Sunday the...
It was the bright shining light of Dunedin's nightlife for more than 30 years, but on Sunday the Sammy's neon sign will go up for auction after owner Sam Chin decided it was time to part with it. Photo: Stephen Jaquiery
''It stood out like a sore thumb on State Highway 1, so hopefully it will stand out in someone's lounge.''

Other memorabilia from the nightclub also being auctioned included sound equipment and stage lights, as well as gig posters for some of New Zealand's most well-known bands.

''After being in the music trade since 1978, I've collected maybe 1800 or more posters so I thought I'd put a few in here like the Chills, Peking Man and the Mockers, which were my first band back in 1985.''

Auction house owner John More said the Sammy's memorabilia would be auctioned off next to more than 400 other music items, including guitars, drums and stereo equipment.

''It was really cool when Sammy gave us a call to see if we would like to put it up for auction because it's unusual and it's interesting. It's the sort of thing people notice and get excited about,'' Mr More said

The auction will start this Sunday at 1pm at Hayward's Auction House, on the corner of Princes and Carroll Sts.

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