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Newport Beach’s iconic Balboa carousel for sale on EBay

August 11, 2011 |  8:12 am

The carousel at the Balboa Fun Zone in Newport Beach is set to shut down in September.

Among the iPods, cameras, family heirlooms and bestsellers being auctioned off on EBay, online shoppers can now bid on a Newport Beach landmark: the Balboa Fun Zone carousel.

The iconic merry-go-round has been placed on the auction block with an opening bid of $149,999, the Daily Pilot reported.

Fun Zone Manager Patrick Moore said he hopes that interested parties will spot the attraction online and reach out to him.

"If I happen to sell it, wonderful, but I don't expect to," Moore said.

Moore has been with the Fun Zone since 1989, not long after the carousel was installed in 1985. It came from Scotts Valley in Northern California and replaced an older model. The Fun Zone had another carousel when it opened in 1936.

"I feel terrible about having to put it up for sale," Moore said. "We're very distressed about it leaving Balboa."

On July 25, the Newport Harbor Nautical Museum told the Fun Zone that it would not renew its lease, and the attraction is expected to vacate after Sept. 24 when the Fun Zone celebrates its 75th anniversary. The celebration will include 1936 prices — nickel rides on the merry-go-round and 25-cent harbor cruises.

Other area attractions, including the Ferris wheel, are expected to remain.

In its EBay description, the merry-go-round is listed as having a fiberglass deck and a 3-year-old canopy top. It also has 30 jumping horses, eight ponies and two chariots.

Moving the merry-go-round would be up to the buyer -- local pick-up only.

As of Thursday morning, no one had bid on the attraction.


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Photo: The carousel at the Balboa Fun Zone in Newport Beach is set to shut down in September. Credit: Kevin Chang / Daily Pilot