The Savoy in London
is following in the footsteps of the Plaza in New York by selling items from their past ahead of a huge renovation. On December 18, 19 and 20, Bonhams will be holding an auction at the hotel. The auction will include more than 3,000 items that include a mahogany bureau from The Monet Suite's sitting room, going for about $2,000 to $3,100, the piano played at afternoon tea, and many chandeliers that are expected to earn from $1,200 to $31,000 depending on the intricacy of the design. The Savoy has a long and storied history. It was built in 1889 and has played host to the famous including Vivien Leigh, Richard Harris, and Princess Diana. The Savoy's renovation will cost around $200 million and it will reopen in 2009. A portion of the proceeds from the auction will benefit Farms For City Children
, a charity that gives city children the chance to spend a week on a working farm.
[via A Luxury Travel Blog