By Claire Harlin
The big red tent at the Del Mar Fairgrounds that was left behind when equine-human acrobatic show Valitar went bankrupt last fall was auctioned off for $85,000 on Jan. 29, according to San Diego's Fischer Auction Company.
Valued at about $1.3 million, the tent will cost its new owner, Orange County resident Duane Ward, another $250,000 to move . Also liquidated were several smaller red tents, which an auction spokesperson said were claimed by a variety of entities, including an indoor soccer organization. Horse stalls, furniture, sand and other items were also sold.
Citing poor ticket sales, the 50-show Valitar production unexpectedly canceled in November, leaving many performers unpaid and unemployed, and horses displaced. The some $300,000 produced by the auction will go to a bankruptcy court to pay off creditors of show producer Equustria Development Inc., run by Rancho Santa Fe resident Mark Remley.