The Savoy Hotel Auction!

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My husband, WG, tries to stay at The Savoy whenever he’s in London on business. Upon hearing the news of their temporary closure, he was so depressed, claiming that he never sleeps as well as he does when at The Savoy. I think this might have more to do with the dinner he eats downstairs at their Michelin-starred restaurant, The Savoy Grill, than the actual beds themselves, but his comment did get me thinking… What will the hotel do with all their furniture and decorative items when they redecorate?

A little investigative shopping revealed that on Dec 18, 19, and 20, 2007 – through Bonham’s Auction House – The Savoy is selling more than 3,000 pieces of their hotel – including their “oh so comfy” bespoke beds!

Regardless of the fact that WG sleeps like a rock at The Savoy, purchasing a used hotel room bed seems a little gross – even if their beds have been slept on by the world’s most powerful people. Nevertheless, owning a piece of The Savoy is owning a little piece of history. So perhaps I’ll bid on something less personal. The 3-tier planter from the front of the hotel, which sits next to the only road in London where traffic flows on the right side of the road, would be an absolute treat. And I know WG likes The Savoy’s Art Deco fixtures, silver plate and hallway chandeliers. For those of you with a bigger budget than me, you might consider snapping up the parquet ballroom dance floor or the giant, white, grand piano!

Whatever you buy, it’s certain to be a steal, for The Savoy is setting no reserves in an “everything must go” type of auction. Entry to The Savoy Sale preview and auction days will be by catalogue ownership only – so you’d better hurry and order your’s today! But don’t forget that, prior to bidding, you will need to register with Bonham’s and this process can take several days.

As I’ll be out of town, I’ll be bidding on-line, but they also accept absentee ballots and telephone bids. Best of all, should you not be able to whisk off to London to collect the purchase yourself, Bonham’s has thought of everything and already contracted a shipping company! Crown Worldwide Ltd, the relocation company that has handled my last two moves, is servicing Bonham’s and will be able to provide quotes for shipping your items to your chosen destination. They do, however, advise that you inquire on shipping estimates prior to bidding – saving yourself from any unsavory surprises later!

Going, Going, Gone!

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Author: Toma Clark Haines

Toma Clark Haines is a Global Tastemaker, Speaker, Writer & Entrepreneur; and founder and CEO The Antiques Diva® & Co, Europe, Asia and America's largest Antiques Sourcing & Touring Company.

4 thoughts on “The Savoy Hotel Auction!”

  1. The Savoy, London’s Famous Hotel, Opens This Summer After GBP 100 Million Renovation

    We’ve been keeping our eyes on the massive renovation of The Savoy, London’s iconic hotel, since it began at the end of 2007. At GBP 100 million, this isn’t a small makeover. In fact, to quote The Times of London, this is “the most expensive restoration in British hotel history.” Here’s the skinny from the venerable paper:

    After an 18-month, £100m refit (with design dazzle supplied by Pierre-Yves Rochon, the brains behind the George V, in Paris), it will emerge in the summer to give Claridge’s and the Dorchester a run for their money.

    The Savoy is now managed by Fairmont Hotels and Resorts.

  2. The Connaught in Mayfair just underwent a GBP 60 million renovation. Now its main bar, the Coburg Bar is turning heads. It was just voted “Best Bar in London” in Time Out Magazine. It’s reclaimed the glory of its golden era. Parisian-based designer, India Mahdavi, created a masterpiece with this one. Bar aficionados appreciate the trendy décor and distinctive Connaught cocktails- sipped from the old Connaught wingback chairs (re-upholstered in velvet with black fringing) and the caramel Heppelwhite ‘loveseats.’ You might want to try booking here for your next holiday or business trip to London.

  3. I liked Savoy hotel in London and was happy to find it in Prague. We have just returned from a four night stay at The Savoy over New Year and we had a fantastic time. As you would expect, since The Savoy is a member of “Leading Small Hotels of The World”, the service was excellent. The staff were all helpful and friendly and I would add that we received good service in Prague hotels in general – I was expecting a less than friendly response because of some of the comments I’ve read on TA but our experience was a positive one. The Savoy was immaculately clean. We liked the location of The Savoy – up near the castle. It was much nicer than the area around Wenceslas Square, which was a bit “seedy” really but interesting nonetheless. The 22 and 23 trams stop right outside the hotel and that’s a useful route to be on. We used the hotel’s car to collect us from and drop us back at the airport – about £20 each way and well worth it.

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