In the recent years, luxurious hotels and landmark restaurants in some of the world's prime cities have undergone renovations and sellouts. This has prompted most of them to sell their cutlery, crockery and other items for auction, like we saw in the case of the Jules Verne restaurant in Paris, and also the elBulli memorabilia auction earlier this year. Latest news is that one of Paris' best known luxury hotels, the Crillon will be undergoing a renovation, and hence will be auctioning it's furniture and wine collection. Hotel Crillon is known to have been hosts to Bill Clinton and Madonna amongst it's star guests, but after years of pleasing the glitterati, will undergo a renovation process, which could be taking close to 2 years to complete. This is the reason why it now is a vacant hotel, with audience coming to buy the memorabilia from the place.
All of the furniture which will go for sale, is currently on display and the process for the sale will begin from April 18th and go on till 22nd of the month. There will be around 3,500 lots of items put for for bidding, which will include the curtains, furniture, reception counter, staff uniforms, and even the bathrobes which were once a part of the guest amenities. This sale will mainly target buyers who are looking to recreate parts of the legendary hotel, within their private premises, and the expectant bidding will cover most of the expenditure needed by the hotel's management for the renovation process to begin.
Of the many things at the auction, the one of the star memorabilia to go on sale will include the mirror encrusted bar counter, created by noted French sculptor, Cesar, who had even signed it before his death in 1998. The signature on the outer portion of the counter was accidentally rubbed off by a cleaner, but the Cesar managed to return and sign it again, after which it has put under a protective perspex panel.
The Hotel has been a historic site from the French imperial years. This hotel was initially built as a private home by King Louis in 1758, where even the ill-fated Queen Marie Antoinette used to take music lessons. It was in the Hotel's Facade that she was later executed during the French Revolution, which also saw her husband, the King also meeting the same fate.
US music composer Leonard Bernstein was also a regular at the hotel, and one of the best suites overlooking the Arc de Triomphe from it's balcony. In fact, the suite has been named after him, where an anonymous bidder stays over, and has a chance to view the Tour de France race, and is given special amenities like an unlimited supply of champagnes. There is also the special piano that Bernstein used during his stay at hotel, which buyers can bid for.
Apart from the furniture and fittings, the famous alcoholic beverage collection of the Hotel Crillon will be up for grabs. There will be a few items amongst them, including a bottle of the Louis XIII Black Pearl Remy Martin cognac bottle, which has a list price of $9,200. To recreate one's own special bar, there are custom made designer bar chairs and mini-bars on sale, some of which will head towards 2 French charitable auctions.