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Council Puts a Stop to Autographed Street Signs

If you want Rob Ford's John Hancock, you might have to shell out for a mayoral bobblehead.

You now have just over 50 days left to place a bid on a decommissioned street sign autographed by Rob Ford—and after that window has closed, you’ll be out of luck.

Council voted 36 to 5 yesterday in favour of a sign-signature ban. And although it will bar anyone at all from adding an autograph, the move was clearly targeted at the mayor: “Only people that approve highly of the mayor will want a sign with his name on it,” said Paula Fletcher (Ward 30, Toronto-Danforth), one the councillors who suggested the ban. “It cuts out people who don’t want a sign with the mayor’s signature on it—it is not an equal playing field.”

Bids on signs autographed by the mayor currently range from $245 (Bond Street) to $1305 (Yonge Street). It’s possible even Bond will at some point reach Yonge levels now that it’s clear these are limited editions.

Of course, what the ban actually says is that signs cannot be autographed “by any person prior to sale, without the City Manager’s approval”—so it’s theoretically possible that the city manager could grant that approval, and we could see more signs signed by what auction website Platinum Liquidations Inc. calls “prominent Toronto personalities.”

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