Thursday, March 22, 2018

News You Can Use: "What to Bid on at the Historic Ritz Paris Auction"

From Messy Nessy Chic, March 21:
When they closed the Ritz Paris for a four year renovation in 2012, my mind often went to that place where I imagine I can walk through walls and suddenly, I’m roaming empty hallways and rooms with the ghosts of the city’s most storied hotel. Sometimes I wandered into the secret Ritz warehouse (yes, such a place exists), where thousands of pieces of furniture and decorative objects lived during much of the renovation and redesign. It would be just like walking through the warehouse of treasures from the final scene of Citizen Kane....

....As it turns out, the reality isn’t that far off. In 2017, a team of 10 lucky people were “locked inside” the secret Ritz furniture warehouse for 6 months to inventory 10,000 items in preparation for their auction this Spring. From Hemingway-era bar stools and beds from the Coco Chanel suite to minibars and the signature hotel bathrobes, it’s all there, and it’s all about to go up for sale. Take a look inside the warehouse…MUCH, MUCH, SO MUCH MORE
Previously from Messy Nessy;
Now It Can Be Told: Mohammed bin Salman Was the Mystery Buyer of the $300 Million French Château
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There's Realism, There's Hyperrealism, There's Photo-Realism and Then There's This
Construction Used to Be More Labor Intensive (and other pictures you may not have seen before) CMB
Picasso Pics For Sale, Cheap (chateau included)
The Man Who Sold The Eiffel Tower, Twice and A (bath) Room With A View
Art Institute of Chicago Recreates Van Gogh's Bedroom, Puts it On Airbnb
Huh, Apparently The Barbie Doll Began Life As a High-end German Call Girl Named Lilli