Auction watch: Winston Churchill and Wallace Simpson are just some of the well-known names connected with the Waldorf Astoria’s 15,000 pieces, due to go under the hammer later this month.
Choice picks from the huge sale include chairs from Churchill’s suite and furniture from Edward VIII and Simpson’s rooms at the storied hotel. There are also objects from suites that have hosted world leaders, Presidents, musicians and other celebrities.
As well as pieces with famous links, there’s a host of other historic items on offer – including midcentury modern furniture, benches that date back to Charles X, and 1920s light fittings.
Anyone in the market for a bigger piece of the hotel can peruse the 375 suites for sale as permanent residences, which start at $1.75m. The Waldorf Astoria is currently undergoing a complete renovation and will reopen in 2022.
Profits from the auction – set to be held from 15 October to 15 November 2020 at the Silver City Galleria mall in Boston – will go to non-profit St Bartholomew’s Conservancy, which is supporting the restoration and preservation of the St Bartholomew’s site. Online bidding is also possible.