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The Waldorf Astoria Hotel is auctioning 80,000 items as part of a one-time event


The Waldorf Astoria Hotel is auctioning 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 hosted by Kaminski Auctions, based in Boston. Thousands of items from the golden age of the hotel are available for one-time sale.

The fine pieces are now housed in the leased, million-square-foot Silver City Galleria shopping mall south of Boston.

The preview of "Fine Furniture of Historic Waldorf Astoria New York" began on Saturday. The auction officially runs from October 17th to November 15th.

The Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City is auctioning 80,000 items from its lavish interiors, including grand pianos, chandeliers, 19th century French furniture, and pieces from rooms designed by Edward VIII and Wallace Simpson, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and the musician Cole Porter were used

Duke and Duchess of Windsor Suite: Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson lived in the glamorous hotel when they became involved in the New York social scene after his abdication in 1936. The two lived in the hotel's royal suite on the 42nd floor, but were forced to move. When Queen Elizabeth II arrived in 1957 on her first state visit to the United States, she moved to another apartment. To make up for the inconvenience, the hotel management offered to reupholster the furniture and paint Simpson's favorite color light blue

Duke and Duchess of Windsor Suite: Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson lived at the glamorous hotel after his abdication in 1936 when they became involved in the New York social scene. Another apartment, when Queen Elizabeth II was on her first state visit to the United States in 1957 arrived. To make up for the inconvenience, the hotel management offered to reupholster the furniture and repaint Simpson's favorite light blue

The Duke and Duchess stayed at the hotel between 1941 and 1961 and came to town mainly for the social season in autumn. The couple imagined entering the Waldorf Astoria Hotel

The Duke and Duchess stayed at the hotel between 1941 and 1961 and came to town mainly for the social season in autumn. The couple imagined entering the Waldorf Astoria Hotel

The sale comes as the posh hotel is undergoing a $ 1 billion renovation. All proceeds will be used to renovate the outdoor areas and gardens of St. Bartholomew's Church and the parish hall, a landmark across from the hotel.

"This is a one-time event," said Frank Kaminski, CEO of the auction house.

He anticipates bidders from around the world will compete in the auction to pick up pieces from suites that have housed world leaders, US presidents and celebrities.

& # 39; There is exquisite furniture from the hotel's notable restaurants and lounges. Of course there is something for everyone, ”he said.

For months, the auction house has been working tirelessly to catalog all items that were transported in 88 tractor units from the glamorous hotel in New York City to the mall.

"Many of the items auctioned have witnessed history and we are delighted that they are finding new life in the homes of avid collectors," said Andrew Miller, CEO of Daija US, 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 can be enjoyed.

The Cole Porter Suite: The American music composer and playwright lived in the Waldorf Towers from 1934 to 1964 in a 6,000 square meter apartment

The Cole Porter Suite: The American music composer and playwright lived in the Waldorf Towers from 1934 to 1964 in a 6,000 square meter apartment

In front of the suite is a plaque dedicated to the musician who wrote some of his most famous works while living in the Waldorf Towers

Cole Porter pictured in 1933

Outside Cole Porter's suite is a plaque dedicated to the musician who wrote some of his most famous works while living in the Waldorf Towers

A French serpentine burl chest of drawers that is part of Cole Porter's suite is auctioned at an estimated value of between $ 800 and $ 1,200.

An oil portrait of George Washington on a horse by an unknown artist that Porter exhibited in one of his rooms is valued at between $ 500 and $ 1,500.

A French serpentine burl chest of drawers that is part of Cole Porter's suite is auctioned at an estimated value of between $ 800 and $ 1,200. An oil portrait of George Washington on a horse by an unknown artist that Porter exhibited in one of his rooms is valued at between $ 500 and $ 1,500

A view of the 1907 Steinway grand piano by composer Cole Porter on display in the Waldorf Towers. It has been restored and re-exhibited

A view of the 1907 Steinway grand piano by composer Cole Porter on display in the Waldorf Towers. It has been restored and re-exhibited

A plaque on the historic piano pictured above explains how it belonged to Cole Porter in his music career

A plaque on the historic piano pictured above explains how it belonged to Cole Porter in his music career

The legendary and landmark of the hotel became a beacon of glamor and luxury in which the leaders of the world and Hollywood's elite resided.

The Waldorf Astoria opened in New York City in 1931 and was the largest and tallest hotel in the world at the time.

The hotel is still a treasure of the city today, known for its original Art Deco design.

Famous guests staying in the hotel's apartment include the famous American composer and Broadway songwriter Cole Porter.

He lived in the Waldorf Towers from 1934 to 1964 in a 6,000 square meter apartment and wrote some of his most famous pieces there, including "Fences me not one" and "You are the best, you." I am a Waldorf salad.

His famous Steinway grand piano from 1907 is on display in the hotel.

Winston Churchill Suite: Former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill stayed in the hotel suite on the 39th floor during his visits to the United States in the 1930s and after World War II. The elegant suite has wood-paneled walls, red curtains and a grand piano

Winston Churchill Suite: Former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill stayed in the hotel suite on the 39th floor during his visits to the United States in the 1930s and after World War II. The elegant suite has wood-paneled walls, red curtains and a grand piano

The door to the Winston Churchill Suite with a plaque with his name on it is also for sale and is valued at between $ 300 and $ 500

Churchill pictured himself speaking at a banquet in his honor at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel on March 15, 1946, where he said that peace in the world depends on Britain and the United States working together.

The door to the Winston Churchill Suite with a plaque with his name on it is also for sale and is valued at between $ 300 and $ 500. Churchill pictured himself speaking at a banquet in his honor at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel on March 15, 1946, where he said that peace in the world depends on Britain and the United States working together

A view of the wood paneling and marble fireplace in Churchill's suite above

A view of the wood paneling and marble fireplace in Churchill's suite above

Red-printed curtains from Churchill's suite will also be auctioned this month

Red-printed curtains from Churchill's suite will also be auctioned this month

One of the most famous pieces from Porter's apartment is the library designed by interior designer Billy Baldwin, which in 1955 covered the walls with tortoiseshell vinyl and incorporated tubular brass bookcases into its design. One of those shelves is valued at $ 1,200 to $ 1,500, according to the New York Post.

Other key pieces that can be auctioned on his website are imported parquet floors from a castle in France and oriental carpets.

Orange and red Venetian silk pillows are priced at $ 80 to $ 100 each.

An oil portrait of George Washington on a horse by an unknown artist that Porter exhibited in one of his rooms is valued at between $ 500 and $ 1,500.

A snake-shaped French marble cabinet with hand-painted porcelain panels on display in the reception hall costs between $ 2,500 and $ 3,500.

Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson also lived at the glamorous hotel while engaging in the social scene after his abdication in 1936.

The legendary and landmark of the hotel became a beacon of glamor and luxury in which the world leaders and Hollywood's elite lived. The Waldorf Astoria opened in New York City in 1931 and was the largest and tallest hotel in the world at the time. A view of a black grand piano up for auction

The legendary and landmark of the hotel became a beacon of glamor and luxury in which the leaders of the world and Hollywood's elite resided. The Waldorf Astoria opened in New York City in 1931 and was the largest and tallest hotel in the world at the time. A view of a black grand piano up for auction

In 1993, the city named the Waldorf Astoria - and its spectacular interior - an official New York City landmark. A view of two upholstered ivory and wooden chairs pictured up for auction

In 1993, the city named the Waldorf Astoria – and its spectacular interior – an official New York City landmark. A view of two upholstered ivory and wooden chairs pictured up for auction

Every president since Herbert Hoover has stayed here, including President Obama, who sleeps in the presidential suite on the 35th floor every time he's in town. A glimpse of an elegant table that can be auctioned above

Every president since Herbert Hoover has stayed here, including President Obama, who sleeps in the presidential suite on the 35th floor every time he's in town. A look at an elegant table that can be auctioned above

In addition to 1,413 rooms, it's home to three restaurants - Peacock Alley, Bull and Bear Prime Steakhouse, and Oscar & # 39; s - five lounges, not to mention a secret subway platform, via the Presidents and VIPs from the nearby Grand Central Terminal can enter secretly. A view of two leopard print chairs above

In addition to 1,413 rooms, it's home to three restaurants – Peacock Alley, Bull and Bear Prime Steakhouse, and Oscar & # 39; s – five lounges, not to mention a secret subway platform, via the Presidents and VIPs from the nearby Grand Central Terminal can enter secretly. A view of two leopard print chairs above

These frosted glass lights are one of the thousands available for sale as the hotel undergoes a $ 1 billion renovation

A frosted glass lamp to be auctioned up in the Waldorf Astoria auction

These frosted glass lights are among the thousands of items available for sale as the hotel undergoes a $ 1 billion renovation

The two lived in the hotel's royal suite on the 42nd floor, but were forced into a different apartment when Queen Elizabeth II arrived on her first state visit to the United States in 1957.

To make up for the inconvenience, the hotel management offered to re-upholster the furniture and paint Simpson's favorite blue light blue.

The promotion includes black lacquered wood and gold benches by Charles X, which are upholstered in “Wallis Blue” fabric and placed in the reception area of ​​the suite. These start at $ 1,000 for the couple.

A 13-piece porcelain tea set designed by the Royal Porcelain Factory, valued at between $ 800 and $ 1,200, is also on offer.

Pinpoint pug pillows with portraits of the couple's favorite dogs will also retail for between $ 100 and $ 200.

Former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill stayed in the hotel suite on the 39th floor during his visits to the United States in the 1930s and after World War II.

Some iconic items, such as the Spirit of Achievement statue at the Park Avenue entrance, the 1893 World's Fair (above) anchoring the central lobby, Porter's Steinway grand piano, and a John F. Kennedy rocking chair restored and re-exhibited at the hotel

Some iconic items, such as the Spirit of Achievement statue at the Park Avenue entrance, the 1893 World's Fair (above) anchoring the central lobby, Porter's Steinway grand piano, and a John F. Kennedy rocking chair, are being restored and displayed at the hotel

One of the most expensive auction items is this black ebonized Steinway and Sons piano that was housed in the hotel's Saudi Arabian suite. The auction house estimates it will cost between $ 5,000 and $ 8,000

One of the most expensive auction items is this black ebonized Steinway and Sons piano that was housed in the hotel's Saudi Arabian suite. The auction house estimates it will cost between $ 5,000 and $ 8,000

This Philadelphia Chippendale-style mahogany coat rack is estimated to cost an estimated $ 3,500 to $ 5,500

A pair of black and gold French Empire style leopard print bench seats on display in the Cole Porter room is valued at $ 500 to $ 700

This Philadelphia Chippendale-style mahogany coat rack is estimated to cost an estimated $ 3,500 to $ 5,500. A pair of black and gold French Empire style leopard print bench seats on display in the Cole Porter room is valued at $ 500 to $ 700

A French gilded and white painted marble top console table that is being auctioned off pictured above

A French gilded and white painted marble top console table that is being auctioned off pictured above

These orange upholstered chairs are one of the thousands of stylish items up for sale in the Once In A Lifetime auction

These orange upholstered chairs are among the thousands of stylish items offered for sale in the Once In A Lifetime auction

The Waldorf has also appeared in countless films, including Scent Of A Woman, Coming To America, and the Ginger Rogers film Week-End 1945 in the Waldorf. A view of an ornate gold mirror up for auction

The Waldorf has also appeared in countless films, including Scent Of A Woman, Coming To America, and the 1945 Ginger Rogers film Week-End at the Waldorf. A view of an ornate gold mirror up for auction

Elaborate crystal chandeliers from the lavish hotel are also up for auction and are worth thousands of dollars each

A view of a chandelier for sale pictured above

Elaborate crystal chandeliers from the lavish hotel are also up for auction and are worth thousands of dollars each. The chandelier on the right is valued at $ 1,300

40 STORIES OF HISTORY THAT BEGIN FROM A FEUD

The Waldorf Astoria originally consisted of two separate hotels, built as a result of a feud between two cousins, William Waldorf Astor and John Jacob Astor IV – both descendants of the Astor family, whose original fortune was fur.

The hotels were next to each other on Fifth Avenue and 33rd Streets. Eventually the cousins ​​came to a truce and connected the hotels with a hallway. In 1929, the twin hotels were demolished to make way for the Empire State Building, and the Waldorf Astoria name was sold for $ 1 to Lucius Boomer, who began construction on the hotel's current location.

The Waldorf Astoria is now located on 301 Park Avenue between 49th and 50th Streets, and the Waldorf Towers are at the top. When it opened in 1931, the new Waldorf Astoria was the tallest and largest hotel in the world.

William Waldorf Astor

Financier John Jacob Astor, who drowned up in the Titanic

The Waldorf Astoria originally consisted of two separate hotels built as a result of a feud between two cousins, William Waldorf Astor (left) and John Jacob Astor IV (right) – both descendants of the Astor family, whose original fortune was made into furs .

President Herbert Hoover mentioned the "brand new" hotel on a White House radio broadcast. "The opening of the new Waldorf Astoria … marks the measure of the nation's growth in power, comfort and art," he said.

Hoover delivered his government's farewell address at the 1933 National Republican Club Lincoln Day Dinner in the Grand Ballroom. He liked the hotel so much that he moved in and lived there for over 30 years.

Shortly after opening, the hotel introduced 24-hour room service – a first in hotel history. The maitre d & # 39; of the hotel, Oscar Tschirky, known as & # 39; Oscar des Waldorfs & # 39 ;, collected menus, many of which were from events held at the hotel. The menus have now been donated to Cornell University.

Many Hollywood films were shot in the famous hotel, starting in 1945 with "Week-End at the Waldorf". It grossed over $ 4 million and took seventh place at the box office that year.

Many major events were held in the hotel's Grand Ballroom, a four-story, two-story space that can seat 1,500 guests under a 44-foot ceiling.

Conrad Hilton acquired the Waldorf Astoria in 1949 for $ 3 million and Hilton Worldwide owned the property until it was sold to the Chinese insurance group Anbang in 2014.

Some items from the refined wood-paneled suite include black and white framed photographs of Churchill in his soldier's uniform and at formal dinners from 1950 to 1953.

The images were taken by hotel staff photographers and are valued at between $ 200 and $ 300.

The door to the suite with a badge bearing the Churchill name is also for sale and is valued at between $ 300 and $ 500.

A 19-by-12-foot rug that was once featured in the former Prime Minister's study is also for sale, valued at $ 2,500-3,500.

Carved Georgian mahogany chairs with striped silk are also up for auction, valued at $ 400 to $ 600.

An extravagant 19th-century bronze sculpture of Poseidon is also on sale for $ 1,500 to $ 2,500.

A Baccarat crystal chandelier from the elegant room costs between $ 2,500 and $ 3,500.

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 can be enjoyed

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 can be enjoyed

A look at a chair in the Bull and Bear restaurant in the hotel that is up for auction

A view of a chair in the hotel's Bull and Bear restaurant that is up for auction

Furniture from the restaurant's famous Bull and Bear Restaurant is for sale

Furniture from the restaurant's famous Bull and Bear Restaurant is for sale

The sale comes as the chic hotel is undergoing a $ 1 billion renovation and all of the proceeds will be used to renovate the exterior and gardens of St. Bartholomew's Church and Meeting House, a landmark across from the hotel

The sale comes as the posh hotel is undergoing a $ 1 billion renovation. All proceeds will be used to renovate the outdoor areas and gardens of St. Bartholomew's Church and the parish hall, a landmark across from the hotel

Items from such rooms in the hotel are put up for sale. The preview of "Fine Furniture of Historic Waldorf Astoria New York" began on Saturday. The auction officially runs from October 17th to November 15th

Items from such rooms in the hotel are put up for sale. The preview of "Fine Furniture of Historic Waldorf Astoria New York" began on Saturday. The auction officially runs from October 17th to November 15th

The bid will be run by Boston-based Kaminski Auctions and thousands of items from the golden age of the hotel will be up for grabs in the "one-time" sale

The bid will be run by Boston-based Kaminski Auctions and thousands of items from the golden age of the hotel will be up for grabs in the "one-time" sale

Some iconic items, such as the Spirit of Achievement statue at the Park Avenue entrance, the 1893 World's Fair that anchors the central lobby, Porter's Steinway grand piano, and a John F. Kennedy rocking chair are being restored and re-exhibited by the hotel.

In 1993, the city named the Waldorf Astoria – and its spectacular interior – an official New York City landmark.

Das Hotel ist stolz auf die Designphilosophie, dass keine zwei Gästezimmer genau gleich sind.

Neben 1.413 Zimmern beherbergt es drei Restaurants – Peacock Alley, Bull and Bear Prime Steakhouse und Oscar's – fünf Lounges, ganz zu schweigen von einem geheimen U-Bahn-Bahnsteig, über den Präsidenten und VIPs vom nahe gelegenen Grand Central Terminal aus heimlich eintreten können.

Jeder Präsident seit Herbert Hoover ist hier geblieben, einschließlich Präsident Obama, der jedes Mal, wenn er in der Stadt ist, in der Präsidentensuite im 35. Stock schläft.

Die prominente Erbin Paris Hilton ist sogar im Hotel aufgewachsen und erinnert sich gern an Treffen mit besuchenden Präsidenten und an Partys und Bar Mizwahs.

Das Waldorf hat auch in unzähligen Filmen mitgewirkt, darunter Scent Of A Woman, Coming To America und der 1945er Ginger Rogers-Film Week-End at the Waldorf.

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