Waldorf Astoria will auction 80K items in 'once in a lifetime' event



Slide 1 of 39: The Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City is auctioning off 80,000 items from its lavish interiors including grand pianos, chandeliers, 19th century French furniture and pieces from rooms used by Edward VIII and Wallace Simpson, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and musician Cole Porter.
Slide 2 of 39: The event is led by Kaminski Auctions, based in Boston, and thousands of items from the hotel’s golden age will be up for bidding in the 'once-in-a-lifetime' sale. The fine pieces are now being housed in the rented one-million-square-foot Silver City Galleria mall, south of Boston. Previews for 'Fine Furnishings of the Historic Waldorf Astoria New York' began Saturday. The auction officially runs from October 17 to November 15.
Slide 3 of 39: Duke and Duchess of Windsor Suite: Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson lived at the glamorous hotel as they engaged in the New York social scene following his abdication in 1936. The two stayed at the hotel’s royal suite on the 42nd floor, but were forced out to another apartment when Queen Elizabeth II arrived for her first state visit to the US in 1957. To make up for the inconvenience the hotel management offered to re-upholster the furniture and paint the apartment Simpson’s favorite shade of pale blue.
Slide 4 of 39: The Duke and Duchess stayed at the hotel between 1941 and 1961 and would primarily come into the city for the social season in the fall. The couple pictured entering the Waldorf Astoria hotel.

Slide 5 of 39: An overview of the expansive auction floor showed numerous items that would be sold during what CEO Frank Kaminski called 'a once-in-a-lifetime event'.
Slide 6 of 39: The sale comes as the swanky hotel undergoes a $1billion renovation and all the proceeds will go to support the renovation of the exteriors and gardens of the St. Bartholomew’s Church and Community House, a landmark located across the street from the hotel. Pictured: People looking at Needlepoint pug pillows featuring portraits of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor's favorite dogs from their Astoria Waldorf Suite.
Slide 7 of 39: 'This is a once-in-a-lifetime event,' auction house CEO Frank Kaminski said. He anticipates bidders from across the globe will join the auction to snag up pieces from suites that housed world leaders, US presidents, and celebrities including Cole Porter an American music composer and playwright who lived at the Waldorf Towers from 1934 to 1964. Pictured: The sweeping 6,000-square-foot Cole Porter suite.
Slide 8 of 39: Outside Cole Porter's suite is a plaque dedicated to the musician, who wrote some of his most famous works while living at the Waldorf Towers.
Slide 9 of 39: A French burl wood serpentine front chest of drawers that is part of Cole Porter's suite is up for auction with an estimated worth between $800 and $1,200.

Slide 10 of 39: An oil portrait of George Washington on a horse by an unknown artist that Porter displayed in one of his rooms is estimated to be worth between $500 to $1,500.
Slide 11 of 39: A view of composer Cole Porter's 1907 Steinway grand piano on display at the Waldorf Towers. It was be restored and placed back on display.
Slide 12 of 39: A plaque on the historic piano pictured above explaining how it was owned by Cole Porter in his music career.
Slide 13 of 39: A marble top cabinet with porcelain medallions and intricate inlay designs, located in the Cole Porter Suite, was priced between $1,000 and $1,500 for the auction.
Slide 14 of 39: Winston Churchill Suite: Former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill stayed at the hotel’s suite on the 39th floor during his visits to the US in the 1930s and after World War II. The sophisticated suite features wood-panel walls, red curtains and a grand piano.

Slide 15 of 39: The door to the Winston Churchill suite featuring a plaque emblazoned with his name on it is also for sale, estimated to be worth between $300 and $500
Slide 16 of 39: Pictured: Churchill speaking at a banquet in his honor at the Waldorf Astoria hotel on March 15, 1946 where he said peace in the world depends upon the cooperation of Great Britain and the United States.
Slide 17 of 39: A view of the wood-panel and marble fireplace inside Churchill's suite above.
Slide 18 of 39: Red print curtains from Churchill's suite will also be on auction this month.
Slide 19 of 39: Pictured: A 19th century bronze statue featuring Poseidon was taken from the Winston Churchill Suite and is being estimated for as much as $2,500.
Slide 20 of 39: Pictures snapped of Winston Churchill by a hotel staff photographers during his visits are being auctioned off for up to $300 each.
Slide 21 of 39: This 13-piece porcelain tea-set found in The Duke and Duchess of Windsor Suite will be featured in the auction with the estimated price ranged between $800 and $1,200.
Slide 22 of 39: These two needlepoint pillows of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor's favorite dogs (pictured) atop a beautifully adorned bench could cost up to $200 each.
Slide 23 of 39: The legendary and landmark hotel became a beacon of glamor and luxury where the world’s leaders and Hollywood’s elite stayed. The Waldorf Astoria first opened its doors in 1931 in New York City and at the time was the largest and tallest hotel in the world. A  view of a black grand piano up for auction above.
Slide 24 of 39: In 1993 the city named the Waldorf Astoria - and its spectacular interiors - an official New York City landmark. A view of two upholstered ivory and wood chairs pictured up for auction.
Slide 25 of 39: Every president since Herbert Hoover has stayed here, including President Obama, who sleeps in the 35th floor Presidential Suite every time he’s in town. A view of an elegant table up for auction above.
Slide 26 of 39: As well as 1,413 rooms it houses three restaurants - Peacock Alley, Bull and Bear Prime Steakhouse and Oscar's - five lounges not to mention a secret underground train platform used to enable presidents and VIPs to enter from nearby Grand Central Terminal in secret. A view of two leopard print chairs above.
Slide 27 of 39: The 80,000 items being auctioned off in Massachusetts were lined up in front of storefronts and in walkways.
Slide 28 of 39: Pictured: A man browsing through items at the Waldorf Astoria auction in the one-million-square-foot Silver City Galleria mall in Massachusetts looks at a piano.
Slide 29 of 39: Some iconic items, such as the Spirit of Achievement statue that graces the Park Avenue entrance, the 1893 World’s Fair Clock (above) which anchors the central lobby, Porter’s Steinway grand piano, a John F. Kennedy Rocking Chair will be restored and put back on display at the hotel.
Slide 30 of 39: One of the most expensive items on auction is this Steinway and Sons baby grand black piano that was housed in the Saudi Arabian Suite at the hotel. The auction site estimates it will go for $5,000 to $8,000.
Slide 31 of 39: A French gilt and white painted console table with marble top that will be up for auction pictured above
Slide 32 of 39: These orange upholstered chairs are one of the thousands of elegant items up for sale in the 'once-in-a-lifetime' auction.
Slide 33 of 39: The Waldorf has also featured in countless movies 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 above.
Slide 34 of 39: 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, will be up for bidding.
Slide 35 of 39: A view of a chair at the Bull and Bear restaurant housed inside the hotel up for auction pictured above.
Slide 36 of 39: Furniture pieces from the restaurant's famed Bull and Bear restaurant will be up for sale.
Slide 37 of 39: The sale comes as the swanky hotel undergoes a $1billion renovation and all the proceeds will go to support the renovation of the exteriors and gardens of the St. Bartholomew’s Church and Community House, a landmark located across the street from the hotel.
Slide 38 of 39: Items from bedrooms like this at the hotel will be up for sale. Previews for 'Fine Furnishings of the Historic Waldorf Astoria New York' began Saturday. The auction officially runs from October 17 to November 15.
Slide 39 of 39: The bidding is led by Kaminski Auctions, based in Boston, and thousands of items from the hotel’s golden age will be up for grabs in the 'once-in-a-lifetime' sale.
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