Time to plunder Monaco’s Hotel de Paris

Monarchs, world leaders and the international jet set have been wishing each other ‘bonne nuit’ at the Hotel de Paris in Monte Carlo since 1863. Now, with the hotel on Place du Casino about to undergo comprehensive modernisation, various relics are set to go under the hammer…

At the end of January, Artcurial will sell off more than 3,000 collectables from the famous hotel at its auction in Monaco, offering a unique opportunity to acquire some items that helped to attract the world’s elite. How about waking up in a bed Winston Churchill once slept in, slipping into a bathrobe made from Egyptian cotton, and pouring freshly brewed coffee into an original cup from the hotel? If this excites you as much as it does us, circle the 25 January 2015 in your calendar – no advance booking required...

French Riviera style for your home

You might suppose that these lots come with Monegasque price expectations attached, but a glance at the catalogue could surprise you: for example, a sofa and two chairs in Louis XV style from the Sarah Bernhardt suite are estimated at €600-800, while all beds are expected to command just €400-600. The furniture, rare pictures and photos that once adorned the hotel walls are also being offered. It’s a shame they can’t speak of the scenes they’ve witnessed over the years, but they’ll certainly bring a little French Riviera style to your home.

Photos: Getty / Artcurial

All lots from Artcurial's Hotel de Paris auction can be found at www.artcurial.com