02 Aug 2023

Hammer down on part one of iconic London hotels collection

The Berkeley Blue Bar

London's most prestigious hotels, Claridge's, The Connaught, and The Berkeley, have set the stage for an unprecedented auction of their surplus collection. The auction, presented by NCM Auctions, has already garnered massive attention as part one concluded last Thursday and Friday.

With an astonishing 27 countries registered to bid globally, enthusiasts and collectors from all corners of the world are vying for the chance to own rare and exquisite pieces from London's iconic hotels. The highly anticipated part one of the live auction was nothing short of a spectacle, with fierce bidding wars breaking out over some of the most sought-after items.

Among the top pieces that sent bidders wild were an 18th Century Italian Artwork, a Soane Britain Crillon Chair, and a David Linley Lord Nelson Armchair, each exuding a timeless allure that drew art connoisseurs and interior designers alike. Not to be outdone, the bespoke Deco Tub Chairs made for Claridge's by David Linley captivated the audience with their unique craftsmanship and rich heritage. 

One of the undisputed highlights of part one was the Iconic Berkeley Blue Bar Corner Sofa, masterfully commissioned by the late David Collins. This piece holds a special place in the hearts of those who have frequented The Berkeley's world-renowned bar, and its appearance on the auction block marked a truly poignant moment for many.

The collection's allure extended to the realm of lighting as well, with stunning pieces from Bella Figura Lighting capturing the essence of timeless elegance. And that's not all - the auction offers an array of other designer, one-of-a-kind commissioned pieces, promising something exceptional for every discerning collector.

The excitement doesn't end here, as the auction continues with part two this Thursday and Friday from 11 am GMT, and part three will grace the stage on the following Thursday and Friday, presenting even more outstanding, bespoke designer furniture, lighting, and artwork, along with carefully curated antiques from the esteemed hotels.

The NCM Auctions team expressed their delight at the enthusiastic global response, with attendees and bidders praising the seamless organisation and the opportunity to own a piece of history from London's most prestigious establishments.

Whether you're an art lover, a furniture enthusiast, or simply looking to add a touch of luxury to your home or collection, be sure not to miss this extraordinary event. Join us live for part two and part three of this magnificent auction, and immerse yourself in the world of opulence and elegance that only London's finest hotels can deliver. The virtual hammer falls at 11 am GMT, promising to set the stage for another remarkable chapter in the world of luxury live auctions.

View the live auction catalogues here



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