The Hotel Ritz Paris is a synonym of luxury and wealth and now, you can have a part of its legend at home!
The Ritz, ranked among the most luxurious hotels in the world, was opened in 1898 and recently underwent a huge renovation that took 4 years and cost $200 million. After it reopened on 6th June 2016, they decided to auction 10.000 pieces of objects d’art and antique furniture. You can browse these pieces -and maybe choose one or two for your house- from 12th to 16th April in Paris, at the exhibition organized by Artcurial: “The Ritz Universe”. Other events will also be held in March at Artcurial’s offices in Vienna, Munich and Milan and there will be an online catalogue. The sale will take place from the 17th to the 21st of April.
If you can’t live at the Ritz, unlike Coco Chanel who stayed at the hotel for 35 years and used to call it “Ma Maison”, you can now take home a part of her suite, the bedboard and lacquered bedside tables, I mean, how grand would that be?
Another interesting item in the sale is the first bathtub installed at the hotel. Actually, the Ritz Paris was among the first hotels ever to have in the rooms a bathroom-en-suite, electricity and a telephone. It is a quite narrow bathtub with a shower that had already been replaced by bigger and deeper ones long time ago, more specifically, after King Edward VII got stuck in one with his lover!
The Hotel at 15 Place Vendôme is so prestigious that its Suite Impériale has been declared by the French government a “national monument in its own right”! It is said that practically every royal head of state has already stayed at the Ritz Paris.
Since its beginning, the luxurious hotel has been a stage for the most glamorous parties. In the roaring 20’s grandiose garden parties were held there. It has always been the first choice for the international jet set, American billionaires such as the Rockefellers and the Vanderbilts, writers such as Marcel Proust, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Oscar Wilde, Maria Callas, and so many other celebrities. The Duke and Duchess of Windsor, after he gave up the throne of England to marry Wallis Simpson, were regular guests at the hotel where they had their suite with all their personal property.
Ernest Hemingway once said that "When in Paris the only reason not to stay at the Ritz is if you can't afford it".
By the way, he was there when he was told his wife wanted a divorce. In a rage fit, he threw her photo into the toilet and then shot with a pistol the photo and the toilet! Nevertheless, Ritz named one of its bars after him in homage to this famous guest.
The hotel - and some pieces of the auction - appeared in 3 movies with Audrey Hepburn, “Funny Face”, “Love in the Afternoon” and “How to steal a Million”, in “An American in Paris” and has been the setting for several fashion shoots for magazines over the years.
Fotos via Artcurial