Four Seasons Auction Update



Further to my post from last week, I toured the Four Season’s Hotel auction preview this morning and was by turns disappointed and impressed. Disappointed to learn that the Hästens beds I was coveting were sold to staff in advance of the sale, at least that’s what my inside source tells me.

I was nevertheless impressed by many of the offerings. Sure, most of the furnishings are generic hotel-y nightstands, desks, cabinets, lighting, drapery, etc. but the Four Seasons is an exceptionally good hotel and most of the pieces are solid, good quality items with minimal wear. Online bidding has already started and you can register and bid at Proxibid Real Live Auctions. There’s an online catalogue to browse although many of the items don’t yet have accompanying photos. Even gargantuan tropical house plants are being sold off, probably for a song.

The kitchenware, including stainless steel shelving, counters, cooper pots and a plethora of equipment is especially promising. The sale starts Thursday morning (May 31, 9 am) with the room contents, followed on Friday by the kitchen stuff, then on Saturday it’s artwork, antiques and one-of-a-kind pieces. With 32 floors of stuff to sell, you can expect a lighting-fast sale with no time for dallying or jocularity.


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Wednesday, May 30, 2012 by Chris
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3 Comments For This Post

  1. VVires Says:

    Auctions undermine themselves when they let insiders buy items before they’re open to the public. The whole point of auctions is let democratic, competitive bidding drive up the price.

  2. FranklyDiscreet Says:

    Maybe they want to give their underpaid staff a break….

  3. Chris Says:

    Well, I bid on one item and was outbid, hey, it happens. My friend who attended the sale yesterday said items were going for next to nothing but the online buyers who had placed bids in advance paid far, far higher prices than those in the house.

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