Iconic Hotel The Ritz Paris has enlisted auction house Artcurial to sell 10,000 pieces of furniture and “objets d‘art” that no longer suit its decor after its recent $400 million renovation, overseen by interior designer Thierry Despont. The pieces will go on exhibition from April 12-16 in Paris before the sale from April 17-21.
Highlights from the auction include a gilded bed on which Audrey Hepburn lounged in Love in the Afternoon, salon sofas from French writer Marcel Proust’s retreats at the hotel, and bar stools from Ernest Hemingway’s reign in the hotel bar now named after him.
Other famous guests include Coco Chanel, who lived in a second-floor suite from 1937 until her death in 1971, and Diana, Princess of Wales, who spent her last living hours at the hotel before her tragic death in 1997.
The auction also includes chandeliers, vintage bed linens, bathrobes, rugs, statues, art, and many other icons of French luxury and antiquity from the Ritz.