Presided over by François Tajan and Stéphane Aubert, the auction established a new world’s record for a sale of hotel furnishings, totalling €7,278,323 / $8,952,337, or 7 times the original estimate. 100% of the 3,500 lots were sold.
Public enthusiasm had already become international during the pre-sale exhibitions, which were attended by 13,000 people in Austria, Germany, Italy, and France. In Paris, the exhibition staged by Vincent Darré was a great success.
It is no exaggeration to say that all the lots, without exception, met with a tremendous amount of interest.
The highest bid was for a Louis XV-style desk and chair (lot 3221) from the Mademoiselle C. suite; they fetched €182,000 / $223,860, or nearly 300 times the estimate.
The famous Bar Hemingway plaque (lot 2905, estimate: €300–400) sold to an online buyer for €88,400 / $108,732, including premium.
Among the 10,000 lots offered, the furnishings of the hotel’s two celebrated bars, the Bar Vendôme and the Bar Hemingway, were extremely sought-after, as was the renowned tableware bearing the hotel’s logo.
As might be expected, the sofas, chairs, and other furnishings from the hotel’s emblematic suites were much coveted. But the enthusiasm reached a fever pitch when it came to the Mademoiselle C. suite, as bidders vied fiercely for its iconic decorative objets and furnishings.
The highly desirable labelled mini-bar fetched €2,900 / $3,567 (lot 176, estimate €400–600) while a lot of 65 hangers (lot 1941) went for 30 times the estimate, at €3,100 / $3,813.