Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe at the Chelsea Hotel

The infamous Chelsea Hotel may have shut down for renovation in 2011, but former tenant Jim Georgiou had the foresight to collect doors from the landmark that construction workers disposed on the street. New York auction house Guernsey’s has announced that it will auction off more than 50 of these historical doors, some of which led to the rooms of famous tenants such as Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley and Andy Warhol, on April 12th.

The door to Andy Warhol’s room. Photo by Guernsey’s.

A preview of the doors will be on display at Ricco/Maresca Gallery in New York City from April 5th to the evening of the auction. Bidding will start at $5,000 and a portion of the auction’s proceeds will benefit City Harvest, a non-profit that collects excess food from New York City restaurants and distributes them to community food programs.

The Chelsea Hotel is scheduled to reopen in early 2019, but the status of its renovation remains unclear. In the meantime, collectors can browse Guernsey’s catalogue of Chelsea Doors HERE and prepare to bid high!

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