06/19/2001 11:00PM

Even Garden State's kitchen sink is for sale


Anyone interested in owning a piece of Garden State Park can have their pick from more than 3,300 items at a five-day auction that begins Friday.

The auction includes more than 250 pieces of art from the New Jersey racetrack, which held its last live Thoroughbred race on May 3 and closed to the public on May 29. The works include a life-size statue of two Thoroughbreds, a painting by the British equine artist Sir Alfred Munnings, several pieces by the Japanese gold-leaf artist Tamako Yamaguchi, and a seven-foot statue of a phoenix by Frank Alexander Seder.

The artworks will be auctioned off on Friday. The following day, trucks, tools, office furniture, and exercise equipment will go on the block. On Sunday and Monday, the track's restaurant equipment - including the kitchen sinks - will be sold, and on Tuesday, the final day of the auction, the track's building components, including barns and elevators, will be up for bid.

Buyers have to remove the items themselves by July 2. The track, which was rebuilt in 1985 at a cost of $170 million, is expected to be demolished sometime later this year to make way for an office and retail complex and condominiums.