SAY WHAT YOU will about Bill Cowher—the man has an eye
for patio furniture. That much was evident from the catalog for last week's
auction of items belonging to the former Steelers coach and his wife, Kaye.
(The Cowhers bought a furnished house in Raleigh, so they sold off just about
everything from their old Pittsburgh home.) Among the goods: a pinball machine,
a foosball table, three sofas, a ceramic monkey planter (left) that fetched
$275 and four sets of outdoor furniture that sold for a total of $1,000.
Dargate, the Pittsburgh auction house that handled the
bidding, reported a 30% increase in online bidders during the sale. One of the
most sought-after items was a Steelers ice bucket (right) that was reportedly a
gift from the Rooney family, which owns the team. (It was expected to go for
$100 to $200; it sold for $550.) But not all of the bidders were Pittsburgh
fans; a representative of Dargate said he heard rumors rival fans were bidding
on Steelers items so that they could destroy them.