The Atlantic City homeowner who famously called Donald Trump a "maggot," a "cockroach," and a "crumb" has finally sold the modest frame structure that she and Trump sparred over for years.
Vera Coking fought tenaciously in court to hold onto her three-story, 29-room boarding house against pressure, first from former Penthouse Magazine owner Bob Guccione, then from real estate tycoon Trump. Both men wanterd Coking to sell out and make room for a casino. TV station WRAL tells the story here (see: "Home owned by Trump holdout auctioned for $530,000," by Samantha Henry/Associated Press).
Coking and her husband purchased the building in 1961 for $20,000. Coking won a court battle to keep the property from being sold under eminent domain, beating Trump with a decision from the New Jersey Supreme Court. But the offers Coking passed up along the way would have beat the price she earned for the property last month, according to the New York Times (see: "A Homeowner's Refusal to Cash Out in a Gambling Town Proves Costly," by Matt A. V. Chaban). Bidding for the building at the recent auction started at $199,000. But the Times reports, "As recently as eight years ago, Donald Trump was willing to pay at least 10 times that amount so he could expand Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino."