Hotel buyers picked up some bargains at this morning’s Hempel Hotel auction, with the contents of suites frequented by Victoria Beckham and Michael Jackson going for a lower-than-expected auction price of £700 each.
The minimalistic boutique hotel at 31-35 Craven Hill Gardens was designed by Anouska Hempel. It opened in 1997 and counted celebrities including Victoria Beckham and Michael Jackson as its regular guests.
It was bought in March by developer British Land and will be converted into luxury apartments, the hotel’s furniture and furnishings were up for grabs at today’s (September 11) auction which started at 10:30am.
The contents of Victoria Beckham’s favourite room, The Lioness Suite, went to an in-room buyer for £700, including a suspended steel room wooden bed frame, upholstered sofas, a rug, two oriental planter boxes, and a glass inset coffee table among other items.
The hammer also came down at £700 for the contents of Beluga Suite where Michael Jackson stayed when he booked out the entire hotel, the buyer snapped up items including Palecek furniture, a four-poster bed, lamps, cabinets, a leather sofa and tall oak table.
Pro-Auction co-director Simon Rose told Boutique Hotelier last month that he expected the contents of each room to fetch more than quadruple that amount, estimating around £3000 per room.