Paris Ritz puts 10,000 pieces of luxury furniture and decor up for sale

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Paris Ritz puts 10,000 pieces of luxury furniture and decor up for sale
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The legendary Paris hotel, home for a while to Ernest Hemingway, Marcel Proust and Coco Chanel, is auctioning off 10,000 pieces of furniture and decor.


The hotel's reputation for luxury and celebrity has already created global buzz around the sale.

Although the pieces that will be on sale from April 17 to 21 might not have  exceptional monetary value, they also pack a certain je ne sais quoi of something from the iconic Place Vendome establishment.

"The resonance of the Ritz abroad is very important," Stephane Aubert, one  of the two auctioneers, told AFP. "The first client who called me to ask about the auction was an American from Texas. We've also been in contact with some Australians."

The 3,500 lots up for grabs are on display this weekend at Artcurial, which  used stools from the Hemingway Bar, a 19th-century bathtub, and sofas and a harp from the Proust Lounge to recreate various rooms.

The Ritz decided to sell the pieces when it reopened in June 2016 after  four years of extensive renovations.

Buyers can bid on objects ranging from velvet security cordons and curtain  ties, to rugs, bedframes and sets of bathrobes and slippers embroidered with the Ritz insignia.

Price estimates run from 100 euros ($123.40) for a pair of tablecloths to 10,000 euros ($12,341) for a pair of nymph sculptures carrying bronze candelabras that used to decorate the lobby.

Opened in 1898 by Swiss entrepreneur Cesar Ritz the Ritz has served as the  backdrop to several key moments in French history.

The Nazis requisitioned it during World War II but had cleared out by the  time Ernest Hemingway burst in with a group of Resistance fighters on August  25, 1944, gun in hand, to "personally liberate" it.

Realising he was too late Hemingway took to the bar where he is said to  have run up a tab for 51 dry Martinis.

In 1997, tragedy befell the hotel when Britain's Princess Diana, who had  been staying there, was killed in a car accident in a Paris tunnel while being pursued by paparazzi.

The hotel made global headlines again in January, when robbers armed with  guns and hatchets ransacked jewellery shops on the ground floor, making off with over four million euros ($4.9 million) in gems and watches.



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