Up for auction: pieces of Toronto history

Want to own a piece of Toronto’s opulent past? Millions of dollars of inventory from a former – quite famed – Four Seasons hotel in Toronto is up for auction May 31 to June 2. Public Preview is May 29 and 30.

On the block will be 32 storeys of custom furnishings, lush textiles, elegant fixtures and thousands of luxury hotel assets from the Four Seasons Hotel at Avenue Road and Yorkville.

The public and collectors are invited to take part in this unparalleled opportunity to bid on statement pieces such as grand pianos, crystal chandeliers, designer lamps and marble flooring. Inventory covers everything from the former hotel’s almost 400 luxury guest suites, Brit-inspired reception rooms and signature lounge, bar and dining areas that were once the high-society stomping grounds for international elite.

Notable items include Truffles’ signature Old World iron gates (Truffles was a truly fab restaurant), as well as the Regency Ballroom’s double height doors, wood paneling, ornate mirrors and century-old chandeliers.  Even the highly familiar tapestry on the 32nd floor, a backdrop for many milestone photographs, will be available for competitive bidding.

The legendary Four Seasons Hotel building will transform under new owners, Camrost-Felcorp Inc. into the New Residences of Yorkville Plaza, a luxury condominium with high-end retail that will usher in a new era for this world-class location. But before the revitalization begins, millions of dollars worth of hotel furnishings, decor items and five-star hotel amenity assets must be sold.

Auction goers can take home memories of Sunday brunch and TIFF celebrity sightings by making an offer on the Avenue Bar’s famous 20-foot onyx bar or any of the Italian and French handmade furniture.

 “The Four Seasons was a glamorous destination for many international travelers, celebrities, and Toronto socialites,” says Alan D. Loeser of IAAS Worldwide.  “The public is invited to place their bids May 31 to June 2 and take home a piece of this well-appointed history.”

Nostalgic bidders can own a piece of the haute hotel from white plush duvets, elegant linen and antique-style writing desks, to entire walk-in closets and spa bathrooms including marble vanity fixtures and walk-in showers.

Auction goers will also have the opportunity to make offers on cordon bleu kitchenware, from pots and pans to measuring spoons from the hotel’s former banqueting kitchen. For those who want to host a formal dinner party with Four Seasons’ opulence, banquet tables, elegant buffet trays, chafing dishes, dinnerware and champagne buckets are available by the dozens.

With over 15,000 items for sale and with a new cost value of over 10 million dollars, the public is invited for a preview May 29 and 30. Preview hours are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Auction runs May 31 to June 2 starting at 9 a.m. For auction inquiries visit www.iaasworldwide.com or call Alan D, Loeser, IAAS World Wide at 717-235-8299.