Own a sofa that’s seated a thousand famous bottoms! Furniture from iconic Mayfair club Annabel’s is displayed ahead of Christie’s auction – and fans can snap up champagne coupés, mirrors from the bar and a giant Buddha
- Lavish furniture from London members’ club Annabel’s will be auction off by Christie’s on November 20th
- Earlier this year, the Mayfair celebrity haunt re-located to Berkeley Square and is selling off its old decor
- Objects set to go under the hammer include crystal champagne coupés, Chinese artwork and mirrors
- The club commands a membership fee of £2,750 a year and promises an A-list clientele and ornate surrounds
- Annabel’s is named after Annabel Goldsmith and opened in 1963, when membership was just £5.25
After much fan-fare, furniture from one of the world’s most famous nightclubs has gone on display ahead of being auctioned off by Christie’s to the highest bidders.
Annabel’s, which has wined and dined famous faces including The Beatles, Naomi Campbell and even the Queen since it first opened its doors in 1963, is selling off some of its most iconic pieces of decor after moving to a new address two doors down earlier this year.
Current owner Richard Caring originally kept the old site as a venue to host private parties. However, after deciding the plan was no longer viable, the public now have the chance to purchase a little piece of London’s social history.
Going under the hammer are dining sets, mirrors from the bar, and even Annabel’s iconic red velvet corner sofa, which Naomi Campbell once posed on.
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Annabel’s, named after Annabel Goldsmith first opened its doors in 1963 and moved two doors down for a recent refurb…leaving the club’s previous decor up for grabs at auction. The famous red-velvet sofa, looking remarkably plush, has seen plenty of A-lister conversation in its confines, with Naomi Campbell (pictured below) among those who’ve perched upon it
Supermodel Naomi Campbell, reclining on the famous red velvet sofa in 2015. The piece of furniture will go under the hammer on November 20th in a landmark auction at Christie’s
The famous Bodhisattva from the Buddha Room at Annabel’s nightclub is also going up for sale and is expected to fetch thousands
The Mayfair celebrity haunt, which commands an annual subscription of up to £2,750, is one of the most exclusive nightclubs in the world and has played host to the likes of Frank Sinatra and The Beatles, and even royalty such as the late Princess Diana.
The auction comprises over 250 pieces, from Old Master paintings to furniture, glassware, silver and lighting and crystal champagne coupes.
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Annabel’s, which once stood at 44 Berkeley Square from 1963, moved two doors down into a Grade I-listed Georgia House earlier this year.
The club was completely refurbished and its new outpost has become something of a pilgrimage for Instagrammers, thanks in part to the pink onyx oyster shell-shaped sinks in the powder room, complete with gold swan taps.
If mirrors could talk! A Christie’s employee polishes candelabras on a lavish circular mirror, a feature in the Fireplace Bar, ahead of the sale. The club has welcomed royalty including Princess Diana, Prince Andrew, William and Harry and even the Queen
A set of champagne coupés that will have been used by the likes of Frank Sinatra and The Beatles, and even royalty such as the late Princess Diana, are among the lots going on sale on November 20th
Atmosphere: Items from the club’s famous Buddha Room including a navy chesterfield sofa and Chinese artwork
The lot, which goes under the hammer on 20 November, also includes antique crockery and tableware that has graced the hands of some of the world’s most rich and famous partygoers.
And those wanting to get their hands on a piece of history can snap up the famous red velvet sofa that patrons including Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss have reclined on over the years.
Another highlight includes a table for eight comprising eight dining chairs with the quintessential red and green upholstery, a circular restaurant table, a table lamp and eight place settings.
Grab a masterpiece: For all the frivolity of Annabel’s, the Mayfair Club owned some impressive artwork before it moved to a new home earlier this year
Refined setting: Membership to the club commands an annual subscription of up to £2,750 which accounts for the lavish interiors. Those members who signed up to the club originally still pay just £5.25 a year to visit
The nation’s most famous private members club, Annabel’s welcomed a host of aristocratic and flamboyant revellers
These include wine glasses, plates, cutlery, table cloth, napkins, salt and pepper and a toast rack for the full Annabel’s experience.
Mementos of legendary evenings in the club’s private dining room include a George III silver soup tureen, which was presented by the Ambassadors to the Court of St. James to Prince George, Duke of Kent (1902-1942).
From champagne glasses to Limoges tableware and multiple sets of bar stools, to the mirrors from Annabel’s infamous bar, Christie’s claim the sale offers ‘endless tantalising and storied delights’.
When Mark Birley and Annabel Goldsmith first opened the club in 1963, they invited 500 of their friends to become founder members — those alive now still pay a fixed annual membership of £5.25 a year.
The club has since hosted everyone from the Queen (apparently she likes a gin martini — no lemon) to Frank Sinatra (he tipped the cloakroom attendant £100 for helping him with his cufflinks), a drunken John Wayne (‘you can tell your buddies you hung out with John Wayne’, he slurred to a surprised man alongside him at the urinals) to, most famously of all, Princess Diana and the Duchess of York disguised as giggling policewomen after failing to gatecrash Prince Andrew’s stag do.
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