The prince of the downtown scene is advertising off a personal assortment of royal memorabilia in good shape for a king.
Mickey Boardman, the Paper journal veteran known as “Mr. Mickey,” has privately been an epic collector of regal memorabilia — from commemorative dishes to condoms — for approximately four many years. On Thursday, he’s putting up significantly of his majestic trove for a charity sale to reward Housing Performs in Soho.
Boardman reckons he has the most critical assortment of royal goods in NYC, and advised us of his obsession: “I believe it all started out when I examine this e-book excerpt in Self-importance Honest in 1984, ‘The Last Romantic: A Biography of Queen Marie of Romania.’ She lived from 1875 to 1938, and was particularly glamorous.”
He then identified that the Romanian royal was talked about in everything from Dorothy Parker’s crafting to “Auntie Mame.” “That bought me started off on royal record,” he explained to us by way of telephone on his way to evening meal on Wednesday evening.
That ’80s excerpt led him to binge on “royalty books, hundreds of royalty publications.”
His selection of British royal curios began on 1 of his hunts in “thrift outlets and flea marketplaces.” At a retail outlet on Broadway and Grand Avenue he observed, “a attractive mint condition plate of Queen Elizabeth II from her 1957 pay a visit to to The us. I loved it.”
Boardman then expanded his lookup to Europe. “I shop like an editor,” he reported of grouping his artifacts. “I traveled a lot to Europe and I often experienced my eye out for it… of class the English royal relatives are the easiest to get memorabilia for.” But he also gathered royal mementos of Romania, Sweden, Germany, Italy, Greece and Belgium. Just after just one Paris Fashion Week, he learned “20 Belgian royal spouse and children tins from the ’20s to the ’60s… I purchased a entire [other] suitcase” to convey the finds back again to the States.
Originally from the Midwest, Boardman has been a nightlife fixture in New York for yrs: His many years-lengthy friendship with legendary Village Voice writers Michael Musto and Lynn Yaeger was profiled in the New York Instances in April. The Paper editor-at-massive was also named by New York magazine as a person of the “Most Photographed Faces in New York,” and he was behind Kim Kardashian’s famed backside-baring “Break the Internet” cover for Paper in 2014.
Close friends such as Yaeger have contributed to his royal assortment more than the a long time with gifts from their travels. “I’m like the previous frog woman, exactly where all people buys her frogs,” mused Boardman.
He established “Mr. Mickey’s Royal Estate Sale” with Housing Works as an avid supporter of the charity, and claims he understood it was time to section with some of his assortment. “I have a just one-bedroom apartment,” he explained to us. “I don’t want to be that old girl, where by her total ranch home is loaded with Charles and Diana slippers… I love the notion of turning browsing into philanthropy, and to uncover a excellent property for my things.”
He extra he chose Housing Will work simply because, “I consider each individual solitary factor I have is fabulous — I never want it it conclude up on the clearance table” somewhere.
The royal sale was at first intended to coincide with “Megxit,” when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle decamped for California. But the sale is as a substitute coinciding with the “Trooping the Colour,” a.k.a. Queen Elizabeth’s birthday parade this month.
The a single-day sale from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Crosby Street is also element of the organization’s Delight programing.
Boardman still has ample stuff to assist a foreseeable future sale, and is not fairly prepared to component with some of his “favorite favorite favorites” yet.
“Yes I nevertheless have tons of stuff… a great deal of royal busts,” he says of his remaining assortment. But, “if the sale goes properly, I will part with things little bit by bit. I have hundreds of pieces of commemorative dishware, hundreds of books. As you get older, [you think] do I really will need all these textbooks?”
Boardman has also previously hosted a “Mr. Mickey’s Movie star Sidewalk Sale” of “fashion fabulousness” to advantage Citta — which builds schools and clinics in India.
He notes the irony that politically, “I’m a socialist and progressive,” but that he’s also into the “pageantry, jewels and gowns” of the royals. But it all stems from “reading about heritage, there are so many royal figures.”