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14 February 2018

From Audrey’s bed to Hemingway’s stool, Ritz Paris auctions off 10 thousand pieces of furniture

A unique opportunity to purchase pieces used by figures like Ernest Hemingway, Coco Chanel, and Audrey Hepburn

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Film stars, royals, and intellectuals are among the countless personalities who, over the years, have stayed at Paris Ritz Hotel, which for many of them has become a true home.

Soon, even those of us who have never been guests there will be able to take home a piece of that magic, buying a few iconic pieces of furniture that made the history of the hotel.

Ritz Paris is understood to have asked Artcurial to auction off 10,000 pieces of furniture and art objects that no longer suit its décor, following the recent 400-million-dollar restoration overseen by interior designer Thierry Despont.

The pieces will be on display in Paris between April 12th and 16th, before the auction, which is scheduled from April 17th to 21st.

Among the must-haves, the golden bed on which Audrey Hepburn lied in Love in the Afternoon, the favourite sofas of French writer Marcel Proust, and the stools of what was unquestionably Ernest Hemingway’s domain, the bar (named after him) where he spent many nights in the company of his friends, Scott Fitzgerald among them.


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The famous guests of Paris Ritz Hotel also include Coco Chanel, who lived in a second-floor suite from 1937 until her death, in 1971, and Diana, Princess of Wales, who spent the last hours of her life at the hotel, before her tragic death in 1997.

The auction also includes chandeliers, vintage bed linen, bathrobes, rugs, statues, French antique pieces — from the Louis XIV period to the Empire style — and many other icons of Ritz’s history of luxury.

Is the Ritz losing its charm? Not according to sources at the auction house, who state that, with the restyling, about 80% of the classic pieces of furniture and vintage paintings have been preserved and restored.

by Carla Amarillis / 14 February 2018


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