The hottest place to be seen this week was the Gramercy Park Hotel’s liquidation sale.
The storied hotel — which housed guests including Madonna, the Rolling Stones and John F. Kennedy — closed during the pandemic, and an auctioneer hosted a days-long sale of its furniture, fixtures and fittings.
We’re told nightlife impresario Nur Khan — the creative director of the spot’s celebrity-friendly Rose Bar in the first decade of the century — was among the memento hunters. He threw a legendary concert series there that saw performances by Axl Rose, the Black Keys and Liza Minnelli.
Mercer Street Hospitality CEO John McDonald, event planner Bronson Van Wyck, and Avenue mag editor-in-chief Peter Davis were also seen perusing the items up for sale, which included everything from tables, desks, lamps and chairs to umbrellas.
Items are reportedly going for between $25 and $2,500.
The history of the spot will not be forgotten. The roof was the location of Humphrey Bogart’s wedding to his first wife, while Bob Dylan, David Bowie, the Clash, and Blondie all also stayed there.
Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson was said to have held drug-fueled orgies there.
Back in 2009, Page Six spotted Anne Hathaway “smoking cigarettes and playing pool” at the bar.
The hotel, opened in 1925, was built on the spot where writer Edith Wharton and architect Sanford White once lived. Herbert Weissberg bought it in 1958 and ran it until a year before his death in 2003.
It was purchased by Aby Rosen and Ian Schrager. In 2010, Schrager sold his interest to Rosen.