A curious new lot of goods has appeared on eBay: pieces of the Waldorf Astoria's famous infrastructure.
The iconic, circa-1931 hotel, which has housed every president since Herbert Hoover, temporarily closed its doors today for a renovation that will convert hundreds of its 1,400 guest rooms into private condominiums. It was , Anbang Insurance Group, for nearly $2 billion in 2015.
Now, antiques from the hotel are being listed by an unidentified seller — we only know him as "redwagonantiques1" — on eBay for tens of thousands of dollars. It's unknown who's behind the account, and the seller didn't respond to ELLEDecor.com for comment as of press time. All we know is that the user is located in Andover, New Jersey (the items require pick-up) and that he or she is donating a portion of the profits for many items to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Since it's still unclear what the future design of the storied
From: ELLE Decor
Four Carved Glass Panels
These Art Deco glass panels were located in the Park Avenue main lobby, once wrapping around Cole Porters' piano. Each of the four panels is different, and are about 140 pounds each. They are signed with "
Asking price: $27,000
Pair of Bronze Tall Urns
Standing more than 7 feet tall, these urns were the visual center point of the Park Avenue grand entrance. Each base is 120 pounds of solid cast bronze — making each urn weigh a total of 225 pounds.
Asking price: $74,000
Eight Art Deco Mahogany Panels
Also once found in the Park Avenue lobby (we're detecting a trend), these etched glass folding partition panels are around nine feet tall and showcase a classic Art Deco design.
Asking price: $16,000
Private Entrance Revolving Doors
Circa 1931, these original revolving doors provided a private entrance to the Waldorf Astoria towers. The doors are made of a bronze and steel framework, and the steel top girder still has the original shipping address to the Waldorf Astoria in large ink letters. The glass incorporates chicken wire.
Asking price: $60,000
Large Set Revolving Doors
This complete large set of revolving doors from the Waldorf Astoria includes the two side bronze doors that opened to the hotel's lobby.
Asking price: $38,500
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