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Kirstie Alley Scratchiti and All—Bar From Set of ‘Cheers’ Fetches $675,000 at Auction

By V.L. Hendrickson
Wed, Jun 7, 2023 7:44amGrey Clock 2 min

Sam, Coach, Norm, Cliff, Woody…everyone knows the names of the cast of Cheers, the 1980s NBC sitcom set in a Boston bar.

The set of that iconic pub sold for US$675,000 on Saturday night in Dallas, the culmination of a three-day sale helmed by Heritage Auctions.

Complete with brass hardware and the bar stools—as well as “engravings” on the bar’s surface by cast members like John Ratzenberger (Cliff) and Kirstie Alley (Rebecca), according to a video made with Ratzenberger and George Wendt (Norm) in advance of the auction—the set of the classic comedy was one of a collection of nearly 1,000 props, costumes, and sets from some of television’s most beloved shows.

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The collection—amassed over more than three decades by James Comisar, an art market specialist focused on television artifacts—realized US$5.35 million, according to Heritage. More than 4,700 bidders participated, but Heritage declined to identify any of the buyers. Comisar conserved and preserved the items with plans to open a museum, but it never came to fruition.

“The auction’s success confirmed what I have always known: that television characters are cherished members of our extended family and that their stories and our own are inseparable,” Comisar said in a statement. “These pieces have finally been afforded the cultural significance they deserve.”

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Other highlights of the auction included the Batman and Robin costumes worn by Adam West and Burt Ward from the 1960s series of Batman, which were sold for US$615,000 on the first day of bidding; the set Johnny Carson used on NBC’s Tonight Show, complete with the desk, couch, and backdrop painting of downtown Burbank, Calif., realized US$275,000; and Archie and Edith Bunker’s chairs from both All in the Family and Archie Bunker’s Place fetched US$250,000.

There were also items from M*A*S*HGilligan’s Island, and Star Trek V: The Final Frontier.

“We knew from the moment we began working with James last year that this auction would be extraordinary, and thanks to Heritage’s client-collectors we were not wrong,” Joshua Benesh, chief strategy officer at Heritage, said in a statement. “These are amazing items with amazing stories.”



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Preparations have begun on the transformative UAE to Oman Hafeet Rail network, revealing significant construction details during a site visit.

Thu, May 16, 2024 3 min

The $3bn Hafeet Rail project between the UAE and Oman will feature 60 bridges and a 2.5km tunnel, making it an “architectural and engineering marvel,” according to CEO Ahmed Al Musawa Al Hashemi.

Hafeet Rail has announced that preparatory work is moving full speed ahead for constructing the transformative railway link between the UAE and Oman. This announcement was made during a site visit attended by key officials, members of the Asyad and Hafeet Rail executive management teams, project contractors, and consultants.

Key Highlights

During the visit, attendees were introduced to the main components of the project, including passenger, repair, and shipping stations, as well as major bridges and tunnel sites.

The Hafeet Rail project is set to play a very important role in enhancing local and regional trade, unlocking new opportunities in the infrastructure, transportation, and logistics sectors, and fostering economic diversification. It will also strengthen bilateral relations between the UAE and Oman.

The project will involve constructing 60 bridges, some reaching heights of up to 34 meters, and tunnels extending 2.5 kilometres. The Hafeet Rail team showcased the latest rail technologies and innovative engineering and architectural solutions designed to navigate the challenging geographical terrain and weather conditions while maintaining high standards of efficiency and safety.

The rail network will boost various industrial sectors and economic activities and significantly impact the tourism industry by facilitating easier and faster travel between the two countries.

Ahmed Al Bulushi, Asyad Group Chief Executive Asset, noted that the project’s rapid progress reflects the commitment of the UAE and Oman to developing and realizing the project’s multifaceted benefits.

Investment and Future Impact

Al Bulushi added that investments in developing local capabilities and expertise in rail-related disciplines over recent years have enabled the project to reach the implementation phase successfully under the leadership of highly efficient and professional national talent.

Hafeet Rail’s CEO Ahmed Al Musawa Al Hashemi emphasized, “The commencement of preparatory works for construction is a testament to the robust synergy between all parties involved in both nations, achieving this milestone in record time. We are confidently laying down the right tracks thanks to the shareholders of Hafeet Rail and the expertise of local companies in Oman and the UAE, alongside international partners.”

During the site visit, the visitors explored some of the key preparatory sites, including Wadi Al Jizi, where a 700-meter-long bridge towering 34 meters will be constructed. This ambitious project is envisioned as an architectural and engineering marvel in a complex geographical landscape.

Future phases will require more collaboration, with a continued focus on quality, safety, and environmental considerations in line with the international industry best practices.

The Hafeet Rail project represents the first-of-its-kind railway network linking two Gulf nations, marking a significant shift in regional goods transportation. This efficient and reliable transportation option will reduce dependence on slower and less sustainable road transport.

Hafeet Rail promises a 40% reduction in shipping costs and a 50% in transit times compared to traditional land transportation methods, as it will be connecting five major ports and several industrial and free zones in both countries.

This shift will reduce reliance on road transport by cars and trucks and promote more sustainable shipping practices. The establishment of the railway network will also create significant opportunities for SMEs in construction, engineering, and logistics support, acting as a catalyst for economic growth and innovation within the domestic economy.

By linking major ports, the Hafeet Rail project will enable local SMEs to import, export, and distribute their products more effectively, enhancing their market reach and global competitiveness.

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