New York’s historic Waldorf Astoria hotel auctions off 80,000 items before complete renovation

NEW YORK / CNN — Since it opened in 1931, the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York has been frequented by society’s elite: politicians, actors and even royalty.

Dubbed the “unofficial palace,” the Waldorf has hosted the likes of Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and every US president from Herbert Hoover to Barack Obama. 

Now, the historic hotel on Park Avenue is auctioning off 80,000 of its most timeless furnishings ahead of a complete renovation, according to a news release from Kaminski Auctions, which is hosting the sale.

Of the total, 15,000 are part of a package of several items that must be purchased together, Kamsinki spokeswoman Ashton McLeod said.

“Many of the pieces for auction have been a witness to history, and we are excited to see them find new life in the homes of avid collectors,” said Andrew Miller, CEO of Dajia US, the owner and developer

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