PARIS – One of Paris' 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, paintings and even some of its wine collection. The auction catalog 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.
The lots: http://www.artcurial.com/fr/actualite/cp/2013/2013_04_18_2355_hotel-de-Crillon.asp