The prince of the downtown scene is selling off a non-public assortment of royal memorabilia match for a king.
Mickey Boardman, the Paper journal veteran often called “Mr. Mickey,” has privately been an epic collector of regal memorabilia — from commemorative dishes to condoms — for practically 4 a long time. On Thursday, he’s placing up a lot of his majestic trove for a charity sale to profit Housing Works in Soho.
Boardman reckons he has an important assortment of royal gadgets in NYC, and instructed us of his obsession: “I feel it began after I learn this guide excerpt in Vainness Honest in 1984, ‘The Final Romantic: A Biography of Queen Marie of Romania.’ She lived from 1875 to 1938, and was extraordinarily glamorous.”
He then found that the Romanian royal was talked about in every part from Dorothy Parker’s writing to “Auntie Mame.” “That bought me began on royal historical past,” he instructed us through cellphone on his solution to dinner on Wednesday night time.
That ’80s excerpt led him to binge on “royalty books, a whole lot of royalty books.”
His assortment of British royal curios started on one in all his hunts in “thrift shops and flea markets.” At a retailer on Broadway and Grand Road he discovered, “a ravishing mint situation plate of Queen Elizabeth II from her 1957 go to to America. I beloved it.”
Boardman then expanded his search to Europe. “I store like an editor,” he stated of grouping his artifacts. “I traveled so much to Europe and I at all times had my eye out for it… in fact the English royal household are the best to get memorabilia for.” However he additionally collected royal mementos of Romania, Sweden, Germany, Italy, Greece and Belgium. After one Paris Style Week, he found “20 Belgian royal household tins from the ’20s to the ’60s… I purchased an entire [other] suitcase” to deliver the finds again to the States.
Initially from the Midwest, Boardman has been a nightlife fixture in New York for years: His decades-long friendship with legendary Village Voice writers Michael Musto and Lynn Yaeger was profiled within the New York Instances in April. The Paper editor-at-large was additionally named by New York journal as one of many “Most Photographed Faces in New York,” and he was behind Kim Kardashian’s famed backside-baring “Break the Web” cowl for Paper in 2014.
Pals including Yaeger have contributed to his royal assortment over time with presents from their travels. “I’m just like the previous frog woman, the place everybody buys her frogs,” mused Boardman.
He created “Mr. Mickey’s Royal Property Sale” with Housing Works as an avid supporter of the charity, and says he realized it was time to half with a few of his assortment. “I’ve a one-bedroom residence,” he instructed us. “I don’t need to be that previous girl, the place her complete ranch home is stuffed with Charles and Diana slippers… I really like the concept of turning purchasing into philanthropy, and to discover a good residence for my issues.”
He added he selected Housing Works as a result of, “I feel each single factor I’ve is fabulous — I don’t need it it find yourself on the clearance desk” someplace.
The royal sale was initially meant to coincide with “Megxit,” when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle decamped for California. However the sale is as a substitute coinciding with the “Trooping the Color,” a.okay.a. Queen Elizabeth’s birthday parade this month.
The one-day sale from four p.m. to six p.m. on Crosby Road can also be a part of the group’s Delight programing.
Boardman nonetheless has sufficient stuff to assist a future sale, and isn’t fairly able to half with a few of his “favourite favourite favorites” but.
“Sure I nonetheless have tons of stuff… a whole lot of royal busts,” he says of his remaining assortment. However, “if the sale goes effectively, I’ll half with stuff little by little. I’ve a whole lot of items of commemorative dishware, a whole lot of books. As you become old, [you think] do I actually need all these books?”
Boardman has additionally beforehand hosted a “Mr. Mickey’s Celeb Sidewalk Sale” of “vogue fabulousness” to profit Citta — which builds colleges and clinics in India.
He notes the irony that politically, “I’m a socialist and progressive,” however that he’s additionally into the “pageantry, jewels and robes” of the royals. However it all stems from “studying about historical past, there are such a lot of royal figures.”