16 December 2007 -
19 December 2007
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Savoy Hotel Auction With some prices starting from as little as £20.00 and no reserves in place, the Savoy Hotel auction taking place at Bonhams this December is sure to attract some of the biggest fans of the hotel to take home a little piece of history.
Due for major refurbishment the world renowned five star hotel is selling virtually everything from within the building to make room for a stylish new look. With items as diverse as chandeliers, curtains and even a dancefloor up for grabs, there are sure to be many eager Londoners attending the Savoy Hotel auction keen to get their hands of a slice of this famous hotel.
Ever since 1889 the Savoy Hotel London has housed many famous guests and catered for thousands in its luxurious and glamorous restaurant and rooms. From the wealthy and decadent to the politcally powerful, to the stars of stage, screen and gallery, the Savoy has seen them all over the years. Claude Monet gace his name to a suite whose furnishings will be sold at the auction, and James Whistler famously painted the Thames from the window of his room. Sir Winston Churchill and Harry S Truman both stayed at the Savoy, alongside musical legends Noel Coward, Enrico Caruso, Giacomo Puccini, Maria Callas.
For lovers of the cinema, the Savoy Hotel auction could mean you get to sleep in the same bed as Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Charlie Chaplin or John Wayne if you put in the winning bid. Still famous for its celebrity guests, there may well be some famous faces in the auction rooms as the rich and famous attempt to bag a piece of the hotel for themselves.
Amongst the items up for sale in the Savoy Hotel auction is a Grotrian Steinweg white grand piano that has been played every Sunday in the restaurant, a George III mahogany chest of drawers from the suite occupied by Richard Harris, a large parquet dance floor from the Lancaster Ballroom, and over 200 bespoke beds complete with bed linen and matresses. And if these seem a little grand for your budget, then why not go for one of the 20 silver plated butlers trays emblazoned with the word Savoy, or a pair of high quality curtains, both of whose estimates are from £50.00 to £500.00.
The full three day Savoy Hotel auction will take place at Bonhams over the course of three days and will see the furnishings from 215 bedrooms and suites, the lobby, two foyers, the Beaufort Room, the River Restaurant, the Manhattan and Parlour Bars, and the Abraham Lincoln Room. Expected to fetch over £1 million for the entire sale, a proportion of the proceeds will be given to the Farms for City Children charity which was founded by the kids author and Savoy Hotel witer in residence, Michael Morpurgo.
The previews of the sale take place on the 16th and 17th December, and the sale itself is on the 18th and 19th December. For more information on the Savoy Hotel auction visit the Bonhams website below.
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