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Paris’ Crillon hotel’s grand auction

The catalogue lists 3,500 lots, including sofas, tables, a Louis XV-style mantel and the pigeon-holes used by the concierge to keep messages

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  • Published: 17:00 April 19, 2013
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  • Visitors take a look at furniture displayed for auction at the Crillon Hotel in Paris. Located Place de la Concorde, the Crillon hotel will put most of its furniture and some of his fine wines under the hammer, before a two-year restauration.

One of Paris’s most elegant hotels is selling off everything from its front desk to the bathrobes that snuggled the rich and famous.

The Hotel de Crillon on the French capital’s Place de la Concorde has welcomed stars and heads of state for more than a century. Now, it is renovating and jettisoning furniture, fittings and paintings. The auction catalogue lists 3,500 lots, including sofas, tables, light fixtures, a Louis XV-style mantel and the pigeon-holes used by the concierge to keep messages for guests.

The auction will be held April 18-22 inside the stately 18th century building, which became a hotel in 1909. The hotel said the money from some sales will donated to charity.

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