The Ritz Paris Hotel is selling 10,000 objects and antiques in a five day sale later this month. The hotel closed in 2012 for a full renovation and items removed from the hotel are being put up for sale.
Audrey Hepburn, Ernest Hemingway, Coco Chanel and Marcel Proust are amongst the famous names that have stayed at the Ritz during its 120-year history. Now, collectors can purchase an antique chair that these famous people may have sat on.
Amongst the inventory of objects for sale is a garden statue expected to fetch between €2,000 and €3,000 (£1,750-£2,625). A grand canape de bar, a 4-seater leather settee is expected to go for €4,000-€6.000 (£3,500-£5,250).
The most expensive item in the sale is a pair of torch holders which depicts two women made from metal and gold, with chiselled scrolls and satyrs on a base on cherry marble. It is expected to sell for between €8,000 and €20,000 (£7,000-£17,500).
Most items, but not all, were for human guests. A Louis XVI dog bed should sell for €600-€800 (£525-£700).
Not all the objects for sale are elegant antiques. There are service call buttons and barber’s chairs that are more modern. The sale will take place between April 17th and April 21st 2018.
When shopping for antique dining tables in Preston antique shops, you may not find a Regency antique table used by Marcel Proust, but you will not be asked to pay over £3,000 that the one from the Ritz Paris is expected to sell for.