“It would be fun to buy the bathrobe Marlene Dietrich”: in Paris, the Ritz auction 10,000 objects


The legendary Parisian palace, the Ritz, sells its furniture and the legend that accompanies them. The auctions, which begin Tuesday, attracts buyers, but also curious. Everything must disappear ! One year after reopening, the mythical Parisian palace, the Ritz gets rid of some of his furniture. The auction begins Tuesday, April 17 and will last five days. The 10,000 auctioned items were on display last week at the headquarters of Artcurial auction house in the capital’s 8th district. This scenographic exhibition allowed visitors to immerse themselves in the atmosphere of the time, between the imperial suite, the Proust lounge, the Ritz bar or the Coco Chanel suite. Paris: curious and potential buyers discover Ritz furniture to be auctioned off – a report by Thomas Larabi Among the items on sale, there is a barber’s chair, a Louis XVI style dog basket, dishes or a bath of 1898, the date of the opening of the hotel. “What I like is the small bars of the rooms, says Marie-Antoinette, a captivated visitor. In her youth, she frequented the bar and pool of the palace. If [the price] does not fly, I will try to have one as a souvenir. Ah, I would like! ” Minibars stamped “Ritz” are estimated between 400 and 600 euros. All these pieces of furniture have no real artistic value, but it’s the legend that attracts buyers, like Lionel: “We say that Marlene Dietrich was naked under her bathrobe, it would be fun to buy her bathrobe”, He launches. It’s a bit kitsch and fun. A visitor to the Artcurial exhibition at franceinfo A series of peach-colored bath linen (bathrobes, slippers, towels) is indeed for sale, at the starting price, from 300 to 500 euros. Estimates range from 100 to 10,000 euros, but prices are likely to blaze. American buyers in particular may be particularly interested: some of their illustrious writers have indeed frequented the luxurious Parisian hotel, like the Nobel Prize winner Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961) and his friend Francis Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), the author of Gatsby the magnificent. “This is an extraordinary sale”, confirms, confident, Stéphane Aubert, auctioneer and associate director of Artcurial. It was he who had directed the very media sales of furniture of other great Parisian palaces as the Hotel Crillon and the Plaza Athenee in 2013. It is especially a legend that we pass under the hammer. Stéphane Aubert, auctioneer at franceinfo “There are some objects that will make two times, He continues. Others, times three, times ten. And if I can do more than 10, for the auctioneer it’s great, it’s won. That’s the magic of the auctions. ” When selling the furniture of Crillon, some objects were auctioned for 100 times their starting price. Read also Related topics To read on


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