Leafs fan buys dressing room toilet for $5,300
Toronto Maple Leafs memorabilia is on display at the former Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto on Thursday October 11, 2012. The artifacts will be up for auction at the Artifacts of Maple Leaf Gardens on November 14th, 2012. (The Canadian Press/Aaron Vincent Elkaim)
The Canadian Press
Published Monday, November 19, 2012 7:04PM EST
TORONTO -- An Ontario lawyer is now the proud owner of a toilet from the Toronto Maple Leafs' former dressing room.
Jim Vigmond, of Barrie, Ont., bought the unusual item for $5,300 at auction after the piece he really wanted -- the 1967 Stanley Cup banner -- got too expensive.
The toilet was offered up along with more than 100 items from Maple Leaf Gardens, which was home to the NHL team until 1999.
Fifty-five-year-old Vigmond says his friends were skeptical about the purchase.
But the long-time Leafs fan says the item was just too good to pass up.
Vigmond says he was actually willing to spend up to $10,000 on the throne.
"They thought I had money to burn, and surely there was something that I could have better spent my money on," he said.
"They've got a point. But ... it's a part of an icon. I just thought ... what a rare piece and just think of all of the people that have spent time contemplating in that dressing room what lies ahead of them."
Vigmond plans on putting the toilet in his sports memorabilia room, where he wants to sit on it, light up a Cuban cigar, open a bottle of 30-year-old single malt, and hopefully, watch a Leafs game sometime soon.