Own a piece of Annabel’s history
Annabel’s table service lot. Courtesy of Christie’s Images
A landmark auction held at Christie’s next month will see an Aladdin’s cave of treasures from the old Annabel’s nightclub at 44 Berkeley Square go under the hammer. The sale includes Old Master paintings, vintage travel posters, furniture, glassware, silver and even pieces of the club’s original dancefloor, dating from before its move to 46 Berkeley Square earlier this year.
As well as crystal champagne coupes, bar stools and mirrors, lots sure to attract the attention of international collectors are the red velvet corner sofa (estimate £2,000 to £4,000) and the famous Bodhisattva statue (estimate £10,000 to £20,000), which stood for almost half a century in the Buddha Room. For those looking to replicate those low-lit, hedonistic nights at home, perhaps the ultimate memento is the full table setting for eight, which includes red and green dining chairs, a circular restaurant table with a table lamp, elegant tableware and even a gold toast rack (estimate £1,000 to £1,500).
Christian Voigt’s last photograph of Annabel’s. Courtesy of Christie’s Images
Two charity lots will also be put up for auction, one of which is the last photograph of Annabel’s (estimate £5,000 to £8,000), taken by Christian Voigt before the venue’s doors were closed, with proceeds going to The Children’s Charity For The Good Of All Children.
The legendary destination of royalty, fashion icons and Hollywood greats – among them Kate Moss, Frank Sinatra, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Elizabeth Taylor and Leonardo DiCaprio – Annabel’s was founded in 1963 by Mark Birley in the basement of his friend John Aspinall’s casino. It was later acquired as part of the Birley Group by Richard Caring and re-opened in April 2018 at its new home, two doors down at 46 Berkeley Square.
Orlando Rock, Christie’s UK chairman, said of the sale: “Everyone has a story to tell about Annabel’s… Emerging from the ashes of London’s post-war gloom, [it] became synonymous with glamorous sophistication.”
The auction will take place on 20 November, with a pre-sale public view taking place at 44 Berkeley Square, London W1 from 16 to 20 November. Catalogues cost £25 each and admit two people; these can be purchased on at Christie’s King Street, on the door or online at www.christies.com.
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