FILE - In this Jan.11, 2018 file photo, people enter the Ritz hotel in Paris, Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018. The Ritz hotel is putting to auction more than 10,000 pieces of furniture and decorative objects including bathtubs, beds and minibars emblematic of the luxury afforded by the wealthy clients of the glitzy palace. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)

Putting on the Ritz: Paris hotel auctions luxury furniture

February 01, 2018 - 6:58 am

PARIS (AP) — Paris's glitzy Ritz hotel is putting some 10,000 pieces of furniture and decorative objects on auction, from a bathtub to beds and minibars.

Founded in 1898, the Ritz reopened two years ago after four years of renovation. The objects going on sale don't fit anymore in the new set-up, said Artcurial, the auction house in charge of the sale from April 17-21.

Among the items is the first bathtub installed at the hotel, estimated to fetch from 800 and 1,200 euros ($1,000-1,500). A gold sofa set from a salon named after the writer Marcel Proust is expected to raise up to $1,800, while a pair of black lacquered decorative Chinese junks, from the Coco Chanel suite, will be on offer from 2,000 euros.

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