JUDI COX FRAZIER Our Correspondent in Los Angeles

1st March 2005
Saturday Night Fever dancefloor for sale!

The multi-coloured dancefloor where a white-suited John Travolta strutted his stuff in Saturday Night Fever is to be auctioned. The cult item of memorabilia from the 1977 movie has been saved from a doomed Brooklyn nightclub.

Organisers of the auction are expecting bids of more than 80,000 dollars (£42,000) for the piece of Hollywood history. The 24-feet by 16-feet dancefloor, which came to symbolise the 70s disco craze, has more than 300 coloured flashing lights under a Perspex surface.

The club where the dance floor had been a fixture since the movie was made, closed last week after being sold to a real estate investment company. Bar owner Jay Rizzo who saved the floor told the New York Post: “It has literally been the heartbeat of this club.”

Saturday Night Fever earned Travolta an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of teenage Brooklyn paint-store clerk Tony Manero, who every Saturday night would take to the dancefloor. The dance floor will be auctioned on April 1 with bids expected in a live sale and on eBay.