Ottawa Citizen

How to get that Ritz-Carlton treatment at home

- BY BRUCE DEACHMAN

Just imagine — you could be watching your favourite TV shows while sitting in the same chair used by Elizabeth Taylor, Winston Churchill and the Shah of Iran (although, in all likelihood, not together).

Montreal’s Ritz-Carlton Hotel will see many of its contents — including furniture, works of art, decorative elements, serving trays and other mementos — auctioned off this month as the hotel prepares for a $100-million facelift to update its interior and reduce the number of rooms from 229 to 130 and add 35 condoresid­ences and 15 condo-suites.

More than 500 lots will be auctioned off on June 25 and 26, says Andrew Torriani, president and CEO of the hotel, with a portion of the proceeds to be donated to a new foundation supporting Montreal community organizati­ons.

“You often have companies call and say, ‘We’ll take all this stuff off your hands,’ ” Torriani said, “but an auction takes the material and puts it back in the society you’re in.”

The auction catalogue will be available June 23 at the Ritz’s reception desk and at the Hôtel des Encans (872 du Couvent). Lots can be inspected at the hotel that day from 2 to 8 p.m., and on auction days beginning at noon. The auction takes place in the hotel’s Oval Room starting at 7 p.m. both days.

 ?? PIERRE OBENDRAUF, THE MONTREAL GAZETTE ?? Josee Ribeiro waits for guests at the main entrance of the Ritz in Montreal. The grande dame of Sherbrooke Street will close June 22 to undergo a $100-million renovation; you can bid on many of its lamps, art and furniture at auctions June 25 and 26.
PIERRE OBENDRAUF, THE MONTREAL GAZETTE Josee Ribeiro waits for guests at the main entrance of the Ritz in Montreal. The grande dame of Sherbrooke Street will close June 22 to undergo a $100-million renovation; you can bid on many of its lamps, art and furniture at auctions June 25 and 26.

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