The Waldorf, dubbed the “unofficial palace”, has hosted Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, and all US presidents from Herbert Hoover to Barack Obama. Some members of high society even stayed at the hotel, including composer Cole Porter and the Duke of Windsor, Edward VIII, with his partner Wallis Simpson after he abdicated the British throne.But now the Park Avenue landmark is auctioning 80,000 of its most timeless furniture in preparation for a full renovation as part of the fine furniture auction at historic Waldorf Astoria New York, a press release from Kaminski Auctions hosted the sale.
Of these, 15,000 are part of a package with several items that must be bought together, said Kamsinki spokeswoman Ashton McLeod.
“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 Dajia US, owner and developer of Waldorf Astoria New York.
Anyone can now own classic 19th-century French furniture, including the Windsor Suite, the Cole Porter Suite, the Winston Churchill Suite, and the Presidential Suite. Features include bespoke chandeliers, a Steinway grand piano, and Charles X-style benches.
Online bidding and in-person visits of the items at the Silver City Galleria Mall in Massachusetts, where they are being held, began Saturday. A two-week live and Covid-safe auction is scheduled to begin on October 17th. According to the press release, the auction should end on November 15th.
All proceeds from the auction will go to St. Bartholomew’s Conservancy to restore the grounds and gardens of St. Bartholomew’s Church and Community House, which are located opposite the hotel, according to the press release.
The Waldorf Astoria started construction in December 2017 as part of a major renovation. The hotel is expected to reopen in two to three years and will include 375 condos and 375 rooms, according to the press release.