“Fine Furnishings of the Historic Waldorf Astoria New York” is one of the largest and most anticipated auctions of the year.
Many of the pieces for the auction have been a witness to history.
Kaminski Auctions is set to host one of the largest and most anticipated auctions of the year. With online bidding and in person previews beginning on October 3rd, Fine Furnishings of the Historic Waldorf Astoria New York will be an extensive display of unique objects from the legendary hotel.
People from all across the world will have the opportunity to own pieces from Waldorf Astoria New York, a beacon of timeless glamour which has defined luxury for nearly a century—home to Hollywood’s elite, host to countless world leaders, and the site of notable cultural events and galas. Over 15,000 items will be available for bidding, such as 19th-century French furniture from 142 Towers suites, including the Windsor Suite, the Presidential Suite, and the Royal Suite. Art, chandeliers, and décor from the famous Bull and Bear bar, La Chine restaurant, and Peacock Alley, will be up for bidding as well.
Proceeds from the auction will go to support St. Bartholomew’s Conservancy in its mission to help restore and preserve the exteriors and gardens of fellow neighborhood landmark St. Bartholomew’s Church and Community House, directly across the street from the Waldorf AstoriaNew York, a celebrated site of history and Byzantine-Romanesque architecture. The St. Bartholomew’s Church Site is a National Historic Landmark, a New York City Landmark, and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
When asked about the potential revenue from such an expansive auction, Andrew Miller, CEO of Dajia US, the owner and developer of Waldorf Astoria New York, stated, “From one New York City landmark to another, we are extremely happy that St. Bartholomew’s Conservancy will receive the proceeds in support of their valuable work.”
While many incredible pieces will hit the auction blocks on October 10th, select items from the luxury hotel are historically priceless and have been carefully preserved for future display in the hotel upon reopening. A best-in-class team of preservationists working on the restoration of Waldorf Astoria New York thoroughly analyzed the contents of the hotel and identified key historical artifacts. Notable items like the Spirit of Achievementstatue that graces the Park Avenue entrance, the 1893 World’s Fair Clock which anchors the central lobby, acclaimed American composer Cole Porter’s 1907 Steinway grand piano, a John F. Kennedy Rocking Chair, and more have all been carefully analyzed, conserved, and restored for future generations to enjoy.