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Auction of Studio 54 items gives glimpse beyond the velvet rope and fuller portrait of founder

This Jan. 16, 2013 image shows a photograph of the late Frank Sinatra, owned by Studio 54 club co-founder Steve Rubell, on display in West Palm Beach, Fla.Memorabilia from the famed 1970s club is hitting the auction block in Florida. The private collection of co-founder Steve Rubell is being sold Saturday in West Palm Beach. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
January 18, 2013 - 5:02 AM

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - An eclectic trove of memorabilia from the famed 1970s New York nightclub Studio 54 is hitting the auction block in Florida.

The private collection of co-founder Steve Rubell is being sold Saturday in West Palm Beach. Rubell died in 1989 and aside from a legacy as a nightlife impresario, he left behind hordes of photographs, letters and other memories that his onetime companion has decided to part with.

The items give a glimpse of Studio 54 and its parade of A-list guests. Aside from a trove of photographs, there are original works by Andy Warhol, tickets, invitations, posters and Rubell's personal address book. Also up for grabs is the front-door guest book from 54, full of famous names and notations on whether their tabs were being footed by the club.

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