The largest sale ever for a Pilates machine has begun.
On April 25, 2018, the world’s largest and most famous bodybuilding gym, the New York-based Pilates Academy, will auction off nearly 1.3 million machines from its inventory, valued at nearly $8 million.
The auction is part of a growing movement to preserve the craft and offer the world a rare opportunity to purchase machines from an old-school, high-end, and expensive manufacturer.
“The Pilates Institute has always been a leader in developing a global, high quality collection of Pilate machines.
Today, we are able to showcase the Pilates machines from a brand that has endured in the world for nearly a century,” said Mike Rifkin, president of the Pilate Institute.
“We are excited to have a great opportunity to display this collection at an incredible price.
We can’t wait to see the Pilaters first collection of high-quality machines.”
The first machines to be auctioned off in the sale will be the original Pimps and Riffles, which were produced by the Pimp Factory in the 1920s.
They are among the oldest and most prestigious Pilates-made machines in existence.
The original Pimp and Rifkins, and their successors, are available for purchase through the Pilatus International auction house, starting at $2,750.
The Pilates Museum of Art is also selling the Pimp/Riffles.
The new auction includes machines produced by Pimpetech and by a number of other companies, including Pro-X, a maker of commercial fitness machines.
“We are pleased to have the Piro family join us in this incredible auction,” said Robyn Edwards, the Pima County Commissioner for the Pilatian’s Association.
“The Piros are truly a world class manufacturer of Pilatas, and they have proven their value in the modern world by selling machines that are as good as or better than the original machines.
Our hope is that these machines will bring the Pilati community more joy and enjoyment in the exercise world.”
The auction will be hosted at the New World Museum in New York City.
For more information, visit www.pilatian.org.