Anna Silman | postcity.com
Torontonians who have ever fantasized about living in a hotel Eloise-style will soon have the chance to take a little piece of hotel decadence home with them. At the end of this month, over 15,000 items from the 32 luxurious storeys of the former Four Seasons hotel in Yorkville will be going up for auction.
The 35-year old Toronto landmark was recently closed for good, to be replaced by a luxury apartment complex, with a redesigned Four Seasons slated to open around the corner this summer. Before this “revitalization” begins, everything from century-old chandeliers and grand pianos to marble floors and wood panelling will be up for grabs.
Once the swanky stomping grounds of the international and local elite, the Four Seasons has always been a glamorous point of call for celebrities and Toronto socialites. For those who’ve dreamed of owning a set of bar stools that were once graced by Stephen Harper or Pierre Trudeau, or sipping Chardonnay out of wine glasses clinked by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie post-TIFF premiere, this might be your chance to take home a piece of celebrity-touched merch.
And if your bedroom is in need of an overhaul, look no further — auction-goers can bid on duvets and linens, and even entire spa bathrooms and walk-in closets transplanted straight from the hotel’s guest rooms. The auction also contains vast amounts of kitchen and dining ware, including banquet tables and champagne buckets, and you can even get your hands on your very own Bakers Pride Pizza Oven.
Those looking for some old-world glamour can place bids on a number of notable big-ticket items, such as the hotel’s famous 32nd floor tapestry, the Avenue Bar’s epic 20-foot onyx bar and even the Regency Ballroom’s double-height doors. With some strategic bidding — and for a hefty price — these lavish statement pieces could grace your very own family living room. But it might not be easy on your credit card — the combined value of the items is over $10 million dollars.
The auction takes place at the old Yorkville Four Seasons from May 31 to June 2, starting at 9 a.m. Previews May 29 & 30.
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