Bidding Adieu to Twitter's Legacy: Elon to Auction Rare Memorabilia

When Elon Musk is at the helm of a business, change is inevitable, and often, it's audacious.

by Faruk Imamovic
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Bidding Adieu to Twitter's Legacy: Elon to Auction Rare Memorabilia

When Elon Musk is at the helm of a business, change is inevitable, and often, it's audacious. Company X, the digital giant we once recognized as Twitter, is reminiscing its iconic past by placing on the auction block the very art, furniture, and memorabilia that graced its offices in Santa Monica and San Francisco.

For those who wish to own a piece of the platform's storied past, the auction, aptly named “Twitter Rebranding: Online Auction Featuring Memorabilia, Art, Office Assets & More!”, offers a once-in-a-lifetime chance.

Most tantalizing among the lots are two oil paintings, resonant of viral moments that once sent the Twitterverse into overdrive. Just last month, Musk introduced a sleek 'X' logo, supplanting Twitter's renowned bird. His announcement tweet poetically alluded to the transition, stating: “And soon we shall bid adieu to the Twitter brand and, gradually, all the birds”.

More than Just Tweets: A Catalogue of Curiosities on Sale

The auction, overseen by the esteemed Heritage Global Partners, has pegged the minimum bid for each lot at a surprisingly accessible $25. Prospective bidders can mark their calendars for the 12th of September, with the auction culminating on the 14th.

Beyond the expected office paraphernalia, the auction promises an eclectic range. Think keyboards, refrigerators, lockers, and of course, art pieces celebrating the brand's erstwhile avian mascot. Recalling a previous auction, it's evident that the allure of Twitter memorabilia is palpable.

A mere few months ago, more than 600 items went under the hammer. The standout sales included a Twitter bird statue fetching an astounding $100,000 and a 10-foot tall neon digital sign, brandishing the former bird logo, selling for $40,000.

Yet, beneath the allure of this grand sale lies a sobering revelation. Last month, Musk acknowledged the company's financial strain, revealing a staggering 50% drop in ad revenue accompanied by a heavy debt burden. “Need to reach positive cashflow before we have the luxury of anything else,” Musk candidly tweeted.

As enthusiasts and collectors await the auction with bated breath, it's evident that Company X is not just selling items but parting with pieces of its soul. Whether this move will bolster the firm's financials or merely serve as a historic milestone remains to be seen.

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