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You Can Now Own Pieces of the Waldorf Astoria From eBay

Have a need for glass panels? You can get them from one of the world's most iconic hotels.
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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 purchased by the Chinese company, 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 Waldorf Astoria will look like, it's certainly exciting to have the opportunity, with the right amount of dough, to own a piece of its iconic decor. Read on for five items from the hotel you can purchase now.

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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 "Shefts," referring to Shefts Glass, which is now New York Carved Glass.

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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

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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.

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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

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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