Kira Turnbull

Channel your inner Audrey Hepburn (or Ernest Hemingway, as the case may be).

Jess McHugh
February 02, 2018

Upon its opening in 1898, the Ritz Carlton in Paris quickly became an emblem of luxury in a city already known for its sophistication.

Over its 120-year history, the hotel has welcomed the likes of Ernest Hemingway and Coco Chanel and served as the inspiration for classic films such as “Love in the Afternoon,” with Audrey Hepburn and Gary Cooper. Princess Diana spent her last days in a suite on the Place Vendôme.

The Ritz has long stood as an “international symbol of luxury and all that was glamorous about modernity,” wrote Tilar J. Mazzeo in her book “The Hotel on Place Vendôme.”

Now collectors can buy a piece of the hotel's storied history, as the Ritz Carlton auctions off some 10,000 items, including furniture, decorative objects, and art.

The Ritz completed a massive four-year renovation in 2016, and the items up for auction no longer fit into the new décor scheme, according to Artcurial, the auction house conducting the sale.

Photo by Boris Lipnitzki/Roger Viollet/Getty Images

The auction will take place April 17-21 in Paris after a five-day exhibition at Artcurial's headquarters in the French capital. Artcurial has separated the objects into 3,500 lots, ranging in price from 100 euros (about $125) to 5,000 euros (about $6,223).

Objects include sculptures and gates from the hotel's carefully appointed garden to vintage bath linens. The first bathtub ever installed in the Ritz is expected to fetch $960-$1,440.

A statue and a gate from the garden are among items up for auction.
Courtesy of Artcurial Auction House

Fans of Hemingway and some of the Ritz's frequent bar patrons such as F. Scott Fitzgerald can purchase a set of five bar stools for approximately $960-1,200.

“When I dream of afterlife in heaven, the action always takes place in the Paris Ritz,” Hemingway famously said.

Come April, people from around the world will be able to purchase their corner of the afterlife.

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