House of woman who took on Donald Trump demolished

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Posted: Nov 20, 2014 8:22 PM

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A former Atlantic City boardinghouse at the center of a David and Goliath battle between its owner and Donald Trump has been demolished.

Vera Coking's modest three-story boardinghouse was reduced to a pile of rubble Thursday.

Coking and her husband bought the property in 1961 for $20,000 and fought to hold onto it.

She won attention over the years as she repeatedly rebuffed offers from Trump and Penthouse publisher Bob Guccione, as well as an attempted state takeover of her property.

Coking now lives in a retirement home in California. She recently sold the boardinghouse at an auction to billionaire investor Carl Icahn for $583,000.

The Press of Atlantic City (http://bit.ly/1xHS1KG) reports Icahn has not yet said what he plans to do with the property.

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Information from: The Press of Atlantic City (N.J.), http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com