9/11 Beams Spared from Auction

Susan Edelman NY Post

A monument made of two steel beams from the fallen north tower of the World Trade Center will not be auctioned in a foreclosure sale as planned, but donated instead.

Two 38-foot-tall beams from Tower One of the World Trade Center have been saved from being sold to the highest bidder. Photo AP

Two 38-foot-tall beams from Tower One of the World Trade Center have been saved from being sold to the highest bidder. Photo AP

The American-flag-topped, 14,000-pound monument outside the Old Virginia Brick Co. in Salem, Va., had been put up for sale to the highest bidder last week, but the auction was halted after a Sunday report in The Post.

Relatives of FDNY firefighters killed on 9/11 and Sen. Charles Schumer voiced outrage that beams from the 33rd through the 36th floors were being sold, calling it “sickening” and “disgraceful.”

On Tuesday, Motleys Asset Disposition Group, which is handling the sale of the defunct company, announced that the monument would not be sold, but donated to the city of Salem, which will move it to a park.

The business owner who bought the beams from a scrap yard shortly after 9/11 and erected the memorial credited The Post for halting the crass sale.

“Your article was a huge help in stopping something I couldn’t do on my own,” said John Fletcher Smoak.

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