Ritz Paris to Auction Collection of Historic Items

By Paul Joseph

Thousands of historic pieces from the iconic Ritz Paris hotel are to go under the hammer following the property’s 2016 reopening.

The extensive refurbishment saw many of the hotel’s items being upgraded or replaced, leading to a total of 3,500 old pieces going up for sale.

Among the items to be sold include an assortment of vintage furniture, such as luxurious sofas full of rich details and upholstered in majestic fabrics.

Other notable pieces include velvet barstools from the Ritz Club, tables and desks with gilded designs, and large chandeliers. Price estimates range from $300 for a pair of chairs to $6,000 for a set of gilded Louis XIV pedestal tables.

The auction – organized by Artcurial- will take place in Paris from 17 to 21 April in Paris.

A wide number of historical figures, including Ernest Hemmingway, Marcel Proust and Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, have stayed in the Ritz Paris down the years.

Overlooking the octagonal border of the Place Vendome, the hotel is ranked among the most luxurious hotels in the world.

By Paul Joseph