Canadian Buys New York Times Dining Table

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An intrepid Canadian antique dealer managed to buy The New York Times’ famed four-pedestal mahogany table from underneath the noses of the most sophisticated antique hunters in the world for less than $5000. Kent Martin, of Toronto’s Five O Seven Antiques bought the editorial boardroom table at an auction during the month of August — where many wealthy New Yorkers take their vacations — when the newspaper of record moved after 93 years to their new Midtown offices. From Globe and Mail via Romenesko:

”For now, it will remain on Canadian soil, but Martin expects the piece will eventually end up in the hands of a wealthy American and back to the country from which it was claimed.”

Countless celebrities and statesmen, rock stars and humanitarians have argued their positions on the table over the years.