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Prior to The Savoy's £100 million Restoration, An Auction
Will Showcase Historic Items from the Past

London, September 27, 2007: In preparation for one of the largest hotel restorations in the history of London, The Savoy will hold a unique auction that will allow members of the public the opportunity to purchase items from its past.  Bonhams, who will oversee the auction, today announced a list of over 3000 lots including lighting, mirrors, silver and artwork.  A donation from the proceeds of the auction will go to benefit Farms for City Children (FFCC).  The auction will take place from December 18-20, 2007.

According to Kiaran MacDonald, General Manager of The Savoy, the auction is the first step towards the future for The Savoy. “On December 15, we will close our doors for sixteen months as we undergo a comprehensive restoration of one of the world’s truly iconic hotels,” says MacDonald. “This auction is a chance for us to share some of our past with collectors, loyal guests and anyone who has strong memories of The Savoy.”

The Savoy auction will include items taken from famous suites in the hotel, including the Monet Suite, the Richard Harris Suite and The Royal Opera House Suite.  It will also include items from public areas such as the River Restaurant, the Lobby and the Beaufort Room. “The Savoy has a prestigious history, linked to the worlds of theatre, fashion, art and fine cuisine.  Cesar Ritz was a manager here. Emilio Gucci was a bellman at the hotel. Claude Monet painted here. Vivian Leigh met Lawrence Olivier at the Savoy Grill and Auguste Escoffier was a chef at the hotel,” adds MacDonald. “So as we close our doors in preparation for an equally illustrious future, we are proud to be working with Bonhams on this once-in-a-lifetime event.”

A portion of the proceeds from the auction will go to the Farms for City Children charity.  The FFCC, founded by well-known children’s author and former Savoy writer-in-residence Michael Morpurgo, is dedicated to relieving the poverty experience of inner city children by inviting them to farms in Devon, Wales and Gloucestershire.

Beginning on December 15, 2007, The Savoy will benefit from a £100 million restoration program that will see the refurbishment of guest rooms, public areas, restaurants and The Savoy court.  The designer on this project, Pierre-Yves Rochon, is well known for his work with the Four Seasons Georges V in Paris and L’Hermitage in Monaco.

To order a catalogue for The Savoy auction, please phone Bonhams at + 44 (0) 1666 502200 or email  

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts:
With the opening of the landmark Fairmont San Francisco in April 1907, one of the world's leading luxury hotel brands was born. For over a century, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has offered warm hospitality and timeless elegance in unforgettable locations. Throughout 2007, our 51 distinctive hotels in 10 countries, from fabled castles to secluded lodges and modern retreats, will celebrate a centennial of rich experiences and lasting memories. Committed to growing its portfolio of world-class hotels, which includes The Fairmont Banff Springs and London's Savoy, Fairmont will soon reflag four hotels in Kenya and anticipates the re-opening of New York's famed Plaza Hotel. Future Fairmont Hotels & Resorts also include locations in Cairo, Abu Dhabi, Vancouver and South Africa. Fairmont Raffles Hotels International operates over 120 hotels worldwide under the Fairmont, Raffles, Swissôtel and Delta brands, as well as vacation ownership properties managed by Fairmont Heritage Place. 


Iliana Carr | Account Supervisor
The Brandman Agency

Also See: Fairmont's Management Agreement for The Savoy Now Complete Following Acquisition by Kingdom Hotels International; $48 million Renovation Scheduled for Iconic London Hotel Built in 1889 / January 2005


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