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 known as “Mr. Mickey,” has privately been an epic collector of regal memorabilia — from commemorative dishes to condoms — for almost 4 many years. 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 crucial assortment of royal objects in NYC, and instructed us of his obsession: “I think it all started when I read this book excerpt in Vanity Fair in 1984, ‘The Last Romantic: A Biography of Queen Marie of Romania.’ She lived from 1875 to 1938, and was extremely glamorous.”
He then found that the Romanian royal was talked about in all the pieces from Dorothy Parker’s writing to “Auntie Mame.” “That got me started on royal history,” he instructed us through telephone on his approach to dinner on Wednesday evening.
That ’80s excerpt led him to binge on “royalty books, hundreds of royalty books.”
His assortment of British royal curios started on one in every of his hunts in “thrift stores and flea markets.” At a retailer on Broadway and Grand Street he discovered, “a beautiful mint condition plate of Queen Elizabeth II from her 1957 visit to America. I loved it.”
Boardman then expanded his search to Europe. “I shop like an editor,” he stated of grouping his artifacts. “I traveled a lot to Europe and I always had my eye out for it… of course the English royal family are the easiest to get memorabilia for.” But he additionally collected royal mementos of Romania, Sweden, Germany, Italy, Greece and Belgium. After one Paris Fashion Week, he found “20 Belgian royal family tins from the ’20s to the ’60s… I bought a whole [other] suitcase” to carry the finds again to the States.
Originally 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 Times 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 Internet” cover for Paper in 2014.
Friends together with Yaeger have contributed to his royal assortment through the years with presents from their travels. “I’m like the old frog lady, where everyone buys her frogs,” mused Boardman.
He created “Mr. Mickey’s Royal Estate 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 have a one-bedroom apartment,” he instructed us. “I don’t want to be that old woman, where her entire ranch house is filled with Charles and Diana slippers… I love the idea of turning shopping into philanthropy, and to find a good home for my things.”
He added he selected Housing Works as a result of, “I think every single thing I have is fabulous — I don’t want it it end up on the clearance table” someplace.
The royal sale was initially meant to coincide with “Megxit,” when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle decamped for California. But the sale is as an alternative coinciding with the “Trooping the Colour,” a.ok.a. Queen Elizabeth’s birthday parade this month.
The one-day sale from 4 p.m. to six p.m. on Crosby Street can also be a part of the group’s Pride programing.
Boardman nonetheless has sufficient stuff to help a future sale, and isn’t fairly able to half with a few of his “favorite favorite favorites” but.
“Yes I still have tons of stuff… a lot of royal busts,” he says of his remaining assortment. But, “if the sale goes well, I will part with stuff bit by bit. I have hundreds of pieces of commemorative dishware, hundreds of books. As you get older, [you think] do I really need all these books?”
Boardman has additionally beforehand hosted a “Mr. Mickey’s Celebrity Sidewalk Sale” of “fashion fabulousness” to profit Citta — which builds faculties 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 gowns” of the royals. But all of it stems from “reading about history, there are so many royal figures.”