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Iconic Jersey Shore relics to be auctioned

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Decades worth of Jersey Shore memories are on the auction block, including the historic carousel at Seaside Heights which survived Superstorm Sandy.

It's now up for sale and that's not sitting well with those who want to keep it on the boardwalk.

The 104 year-old iconic carousel is one of about 150 vintage merry go rounds left in the United States.

But the family who owns it says they have to sell the ride because of quote current market conditions --- putting it on the auction block for potentially $3 million.

The management company points to high insurance and maintenance costs for replacing antique parts.

And says people will forget about the merry go round when they add newer rides.

“I think it's a piece for people to look at to take pictures with. But as you can see it's not as thrilling as the rides that are on our pier that kids are more excited to ride” one of the owners said.

But local residents say the carousel is a national landmark.

They've even started a Facebook page and an online petition with over 5,000 signatures.

“People have been coming to this carousel for years. I used to come to this carousel, now my daughter comes on this carousel. She loves it. I don't see why they would want to sell this," one woman says.

The auction house, Guerneys, says if someone doesn't step up to buy the carouse they'll dismantle it and auction it piece by piece.

The carousel features 58 elaborately carved horses, camels and a lion. Each animal can fetch up to $200,000.

“A carousel isn't a carousel once it's broken up. It's a series of horses sitting in somebody's living room. It's lost; all its spirit,” Barbara Fahs Charles, founding member of the National Carousel Association said. “It would be lovely to keep it together, and I would just urge that the community and the state think about it, think hard about it."

The owners say they are trying their best to keep the carousel intact.

The auction could happen sometime in the fall and so far, ten potential bidders have expressed interest.

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