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Crillon 'palace' hotel auctions luxury items

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Paris hotel Le Crillon. Photo: Osmar Valdebenito
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Five-star Paris hotel Le Crillon is auctioning off 3,500 items from its world-famous collection of furnishings as it closes for temporary restoration work.

The 238-year-old luxury hotel situated on Place de la Concorde will be selling off furniture, lamps, silverware, porcelain, tapestries and lace.

Top of the wish list are Louis XV-style chests of drawers, Art déco armchairs, chairs by fashion designer Sonia Rykiel at €1,200 a piece, a bar created by sculptor César in 1982 worth up to €12,000 and a crystal console table by Philippe Starck valued up to €15,000.

The auction will allow people to “own – among the 3,500 proposed pieces – a piece of the dream of this unrivaled Parisian palace,” said Francois Tajan, co-president of Artcurial in a statement on Thursday.

The hotel, which charges €9,600 a night, will only retain essential furnishings.

“We’ll keep in particular some Baccarat chandeliers and the fountains from the conservatory of the Château de Versailles,” Sandrine Daban, a spokesperson for the hotel told AFP.

When the hotel reopens its doors in 2015 the owners hope to crown it a “palace”, a coveted title currently only held by twelve hotels in France, five of which are in Paris, including Le Bristol where football superstar, and latest addition to Paris Saint-Germain, David Beckham is currently staying.

Built in 1775, the building was bought by Count Crillon in 1778 and transformed into a hotel in 1909. It is currently owned by a Saudi prince following a sale in 2010.

During the renovation work, the hotel’s 360 employees will have the option of taking a voluntary redundancy or to continue working for the company with the possibility of temporary employment elsewhere.

The auction will take place between the 18th and the 22nd of April.

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