The Waldorf Astoria Hotel is auctioning off 80,000 items from its lavish interiors including grand pianos, chandeliers, 19th century French furniture and pieces from suites used by Edward VIII and Wallace Simpson, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and musician Cole Porter.
The event is led by Kaminski Auctions, based in Boston, and thousands of items from the hotel’s golden age will be up for bidding in the 'once-in-a-lifetime' sale.
The fine pieces are now being housed in the rented one-million-square-foot Silver City Galleria mall, south of Boston.
Previews for 'Fine Furnishings of the Historic Waldorf Astoria New York' began Saturday. The auction officially runs from October 17 to November 15.
The Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City is auctioning off 80,000 items from its lavish interiors including grand pianos, chandeliers, 19th century French furniture and pieces from rooms used by Edward VIII and Wallace Simpson, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and musician Cole Porter
Duke and Duchess of Windsor Suite: Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson lived at the glamorous hotel as they engaged in the New York social scene following his abdication in 1936. The two stayed at the hotel’s royal suite on the 42nd floor, but were forced out to another apartment when Queen Elizabeth II arrived for her first state visit to the US in 1957. To make up for the inconvenience the hotel management offered to re-upholster the furniture and paint the apartment Simpson’s favorite shade of pale blue
The Duke and Duchess stayed at the hotel between 1941 and 1961 and would primarily come into the city for the social season in the fall. The couple pictured entering the Waldorf Astoria hotel
The sale comes as the swanky hotel undergoes a $1billion renovation and all the proceeds will go to support the renovation of the exteriors and gardens of the St. Bartholomew’s Church and Community House, a landmark located across the street from the hotel.
'This is a once-in-a-lifetime event,' auction house CEO Frank Kaminski said.
He anticipates bidders from across the globe will join the auction to snag up pieces from suites that housed world leaders, US presidents, and celebrities.
'There are exquisite furnishings from the hotel’s notable restaurants and lounges. Needless to say, there’s something for everyone,' he said.
For months the auction house has worked tirelessly to catalogue all of the items, that were transported in 88 tractor trailers from the glamorous hotel in New York City to the mall.
'Many of the pieces for auction have been a witness to history, and we are excited to see them find new life in the homes of avid collectors,' Andrew Miller, CEO of Daija US, the owner and developer of Waldorf Astoria New York, stated in a press release.
In all items from 142 Towers suites, including the Windsor Suite, the Presidential Suite, and the Royal Suite. Art, chandeliers, and décor from the famous Bull and Bear bar, La Chine restaurant, and Peacock Alley, will be up for bidding.
The Cole Porter suite: The American music composer and playwright lived at the Waldorf Towers from 1934 to 1964 in a sweeping 6,000-square-foot apartment
Outside Cole Porter's suite is a plaque dedicated to the musician, who wrote some of his most famous works while living at the Waldorf Towers
A French burl wood serpentine front chest of drawers that is part of Cole Porter's suite is up for auction with an estimated worth between $800 and $1,200. An oil portrait of George Washington on a horse by an unknown artist that Porter displayed in one of his rooms is estimated to be worth between $500 to $1,500
A view of composer Cole Porter's 1907 Steinway grand piano on display at the Waldorf Towers. It was be restored and placed back on display
A plaque on the historic piano pictured above explaining how it was owned by Cole Porter in his music career
The legendary and landmark hotel became a beacon of glamour and luxury where the world’s leaders and Hollywood’s elite stayed.
The Waldorf Astoria first opened its doors in 1931 in New York City and at the time was the largest and tallest hotel in the world.
Today the hotel is still a treasure of the city, known for its original Art Deco design.
Some of its famous guests to take up residence at the hotel’s apartment include famed American composer and Broadway songwriter Cole Porter.
He lived at the Waldorf Towers from 1934 to 1964 in a sweeping 6,000-square-foot apartment and while living there penned some of his most famous plays and pieces including ‘Don’t fence me in’ and ‘You’re the top, you’re a Waldorf salad.’
His famed 1907 Steinway Grand Piano is on display at the hotel.
Winston Churchill Suite: Former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill stayed at the hotel’s suite on the 39th floor during his visits to the US in the 1930s and after World War II. The sophisticated suite features wood-panel walls, red curtains and a grand piano
The door to the Winston Churchill suite featuring a plaque emblazoned with his name on it is also for sale, estimated to be worth between $300 and $500. Churchill pictured right speaking at a banquet in his honor at the Waldorf Astoria hotel on March 15, 1946 where he said peace in the world depends upon the cooperation of Great Britain and the United States
A view of the wood-panel and marble fireplace inside Churchill's suite above
Red print curtains from Churchill's suite will also be on auction this month
One of the most prominent pieces from Porter’s apartment is the library designed by interior designer Billy Baldwin, who covered the walls with tortoise-shell vinyl in 1955 and included brass tube bookshelves into his design. One of those shelves is estimated at $1,200 to $1,500, according to the New York Post.
Other key pieces up for auction from his site include imported parquet flooring from a chateau in France and oriental rugs.
Venetian silk pillows in orange and red will be on sale estimated at $80 to $100 each.
An oil portrait of George Washington on a horse by an unknown artist that Porter displayed in one of his rooms is estimated to be worth between $500 to $1,500.
A serpentine French marble cabinet with hand-painted porcelain plaques that were displayed in the reception hall are priced between $2,500 to $3,500.
Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson also lived at the glamorous hotel while they engaged in the social scene following his abdication in 1936.
The legendary and landmark hotel became a beacon of glamor and luxury where the world’s leaders and Hollywood’s elite stayed. The Waldorf Astoria first opened its doors in 1931 in New York City and at the time was the largest and tallest hotel in the world. A view of a black grand piano up for auction above
In 1993 the city named the Waldorf Astoria - and its spectacular interiors - an official New York City landmark. A view of two upholstered ivory and wood chairs pictured up for auction
Every president since Herbert Hoover has stayed here, including President Obama, who sleeps in the 35th floor Presidential Suite every time he’s in town. A view of an elegant table up for auction above
As well as 1,413 rooms it houses three restaurants - Peacock Alley, Bull and Bear Prime Steakhouse and Oscar's - five lounges not to mention a secret underground train platform used to enable presidents and VIPs to enter from nearby Grand Central Terminal in secret. A view of two leopard print chairs above
These frosted glass light fixtures are one of thousands of items up for sale as the hotel undergoes a $1billion renovation
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