Madame Zin­gara sells her fin­ery, says ‘adieu’

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - CARYN DOLLEY

THE cur­tain has fi­nally fallen on one of the most ex­trav­a­gant din­ner ex­pe­ri­ences hosted in the city, Madame Zin­gara’s theatre, with the en­tire ex­otic con­tents of the restau­rant fall­ing un­der the ham­mer this week.

Items rang­ing from an­tique In­dian wooden door frames to pea­cock dis­plays, crys­tal chan­de­liers, a bus and swathes of fab­ric, were auctioned off on in­struc­tion by liq­uida­tors.

Auc­tions in Jo­han­nes­burg and Cape Town, at­tracted a range of po­ten­tial buy­ers from the en­ter­tain­ment and restau­rant in­dus­tries, as well as res­i­dents sim­ply want­ing to get their hands on items to dis­play or use in their homes.

Col­lec­tors of an­tique items also at­tended.

In March it was re­ported the Madame Zin­gara din­ner theatre was the cen­tre of a fi­nan­cial drama, with share­hold­ers want­ing to liq­ui­date the com­pany. But a for­mer man­ag­ing direc­tor, Richard Grif­fin, who re­signed from the com­pany in Jan­uary, wanted to save it.

This week it emerged that TGA-MZ En­ter­tain­ment, trad­ing as Madame Zin­gara, had been liq­ui­dated.

Yes­ter­day Stef Olivier, an auc­tion­eer with Au­cor, said the auc­tion had been ex­tremely suc­cess­ful.

“It’s some­thing that we don’t do day to day.

“I’ve never had an ele­phant prop of 6m x 8m to sell. It was quite ex­clu­sive stuff,” Olivier said.

Other items auctioned in­cluded carved stone stat­ues, an­tique bar­ber’s chairs, In­dian cer­e­mo­nial cloth­ing, and an Audi car.

Ac­cord­ing to a Madame Zin­gara web­site, the din­ner event known as the Theatre of Dreams had its last show on Jan­uary 30 this year in Jo­han­nes­burg.

caryn.dolley@inl.co.za

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