The Ritz Carlton in Paris opened in 1898, and ever since it’s served as an epitome of class and luxury. The hotel has played host to many celebrities over the years, be them actors, writers or fashion icons. Some notable guests include Princess Diana, Coco Chanel and Ernest Hemingway. The Ritz even served as the inspiration for 1957’s Love in the Afternoon, starring Audrey Hepburn and Gary Cooper.
Collectors will soon be able to purchase a piece of the Ritz’s glamorous history. The Ritz Carlton plans to auction off numerous items from its collection, including art, furniture and various other decorative objects. All told, the auction will include nearly 10,000 items.
The auction came about as a result of a huge renovation that began in 2016. According to Artcurial, the auction house in charge of the Ritz sale, the items being auctioned off simply do not fit into the current hotel’s décor theme.
The auction is scheduled for April 17-21 in Paris. Potential bidders and fans, in general, will have the opportunity to view the collection at a 5-day exhibit at the headquarters for Artcurial, also located in Paris. The auction will be made of 3,500 lots and prices range from relatively inexpensive at 100 euros ($125) to 5,000 euros ($6,223).
There’s a wide range of available items up for auction, but some of the more notable include items from the hotel’s famous garden like iron gates and sculptures. You could also get your hands on some vintage bath linens and the first ever bathtub to be installed at the Ritz, which will likely bring in a price nearing $1,500. A gold sofa from the famous Marcel Proust salon is expected to fetch around $1,800.
Also up for auction is a set of five bar stools from the bar at the Ritz, which were likely home, from time to time, to the likes of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway.
If you can’t decide whether you want to go on vacation or redecorate the house, kill two birds with one stone and book a trip to Paris this April.