The 100-year-old Hotel Plaza Athénée Paris will close in October to undergo an extensive expansion and renovation that will add 25 rooms and more meeting space to the property. But before the hotel can go ahead with bringing in new designs, it has to get rid of the old.
According to this post from the New York Times, the hotel will auction off some of its vintage fixtures, furnishings, and artwork. The auction, which will take place on Oct. 7-8, will feature plates found in the hotel’s Alain Ducasse restaurant, sculptures including a bust of Marie-Antoinette, oversize Louis XVI-style vases, Murano glass chandeliers, leather and mahogany liquor cabinets, and the marble-topped oak concierge desk.
Auction prices are expected to start at just 150 euros ($195), with many items available for under 1,000 euros. But some more prestigious items in the hotel may fetch quite a bit more. Bronze floor sculptures by Jean-Michel Folon are expected to sell for between 50,000 and 70,000 euros.
More at The New York Times.