Hundreds of boutique hoteliers are expected to bid on the contents of the star-studded guestrooms being auctioned off by London’s The Hempel Hotel.
The minimalistic boutique hotel at 31-35 Craven Hill Gardens was designed by Anouska Hempel. It opened in 1997 and was frequented by celebrities including Victoria Beckham and Michael Jackson. It was bought in March by developer British Land and will be converted into luxury apartments, but first all furniture and furnishings must be flogged.
The auction is scheduled for September 12 at 10:30am and will also be held via a webcast at i-bidder.co.uk
Pro-Auction codirector Simon Rose told Boutique Hotelier he expected the contents of each room to fetch around £3000, but said Michael Jackson’s favourite room 106 and the Lioness Suite with its “floating bed” slept in by Victoria Beckham would far exceed that estimate.
“It will be the guys with the boutique hotels, people who are refurbishing — it’s all quality furniture and appealing to those who want to buy two or three rooms too. The amount of interest we’ve had suggests it will be busy, with 100-plus people in the room and a good 500-600 people following the auction online,” said Rose.
Rooms are open for viewing from September 10-11, or by prior arrangement.