Bid on Roadside America

Beleaguered Berwyn 'Spindle' up for sale on eBay


I used to drive by the eight car sculpture everyday. They’ve been talking about taking it down for ages; it seems the removal will come!

Bids on eBay start at $50,000 for the beleaguered Berwyn “Spindle,” the towering sculpture of eight cars stacked on a silver spike at Cermak Plaza. Featured in the 1992 movie “Wayne’s World,” the distinctive sculpture was eventually destined for removal to make way for a Walgreens.

There are four days left to bid–but keep in mind that the cost of shipping and handling is $100,000. If for any reason you are dissatisfied, the item must be returned within 7 days–at the buyer’s expense.

Concordia Realty Management, which manages the mall where the Spindle now stands, has estimated the cost to refurbish it at $300,000. Although there were hopes as late as December to raise money to do the work, those now seem dashed with the icon’s listing on the Internet auction site.

Created by California artist Dustin Shuler, the jarring work commissioned by former mall owner David Bermant has long divided residents of the western suburb. In a 1990 bid to gauge public sentiment, Berwyn residents overwhelmingly voted against its presence.

“The Spindle is an international known roadside monument and Chicago area landmark and was even featured in a State of Illinois tourism campaign,” the eBay listing proclaims. “The buyer will need to pay for removal and relocation.

“The foundation, guard rails and concrete base are not able to be salvaged,” the listing notes. “Engineered plans for construction are included.”

One thought on “Bid on Roadside America

  1. What can I say? I had to take one last look at good old “SPINDLE” this afternoon. My dentist and I had quite a conversation about this Berwyn landmark! From what I was told today, if there are no bids, it will be knocked down. Why not just donate it???

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