Thursday, February 17, 2011

Own a piece of the Pump Room and Ambassador East Hotel in Chicago-sale starts Friday!

Own a piece of the Pump Room and Ambassador East

Hotel in Chicago-sale starts Friday!

I photographed the media preview for tomorrow's opening of the sale of the items from The Pump Room and The Ambassador East Hotel.

This is your one and only chance to own a piece of Chicago history and celebrity history!
Items for the liquidation of the Pump Room and the Ambassador East Hotel include everything from the hotel rooms to the inside of restaurant including the infamous,'Booth One' and it's silver rotary dial telephone that had it's own number to the back booth where Frank Sinatra would make his home with friends during his Chicago visits.
The Pump Room goes back to 1938 and in the 1940s and 1950s,the late Sun-Times columnist Irv Kupcinet use to broadcast his radio show from Booth One. Celebrities would come to town to be interviewed by him in the booth and soon after their black and white pictures would appear framed on the wall in the entrance hall.
Singer Phil Collins honored the Pump Room with his 1980s album 'No Jacket Required'. I remember that night he could not get in and
heard it first hand. That night his publicist and I met up with some friends around the corner on Division Street.
I dined there often with friends and in the 1980s photographed 'Morris The Cat' dining on 9 Lives in Booth One. Actress Shirley McLaine was there being interviewed about her new book at the time,'Out On A Limb' which was possibly the real start of the popularity of the 'New Age' movement. After her interview I remember her asking me,'Do you think people will think I am crazy after they read this book ?' I gave her a resounding' NO!'
The wrap party for 'Legends' was here and Carol Channing and Mary Martin were sitting in Frank's booth after the photo op.
The nightclub Byfield's was across the hall and always seemed to have a good crowd. The last time I remember being there was from when my comedian friend Richard Lewis performed there.
The painting that hung over the fireplace is part of the sale and will probably be one of the most popular high ticket items along with the two famous booths.
Whoever buys the booths,contact me! I would love to hear your story about why you decided to buy it and would love to photograph it at your residence!

Below are the details. Enjoy your shopping spree,wish I could be there!

The items up for sale include: 284 guest rooms of furnishings, guest room door locks, furnishings from The Pump Room, complete Pump Room bar, oil paintings, baby grand piano, glassware, china, stack chairs. In total, there will be thousands of items up for sale. Plus, The Pump Room has served famous guests including Frank Sinatra, John Barrymore, Judy Garland, Bette Davis, David Bowie, Natalie Wood, Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall and many more -- allowing Chicagoans to own a bar stool Frank Sinatra once sat on!
the historic Pump Room as this Chicago landmark and the Ambassador East Hotel are offering a piece of their historic past to Chicagoans at a sale that's open to the public.

WHEN | The sale to the general public will begin on Friday, February 18, 2011 and continue daily until sold out; hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Monday-Sunday)and 12 to 5 p.m. (Sunday).
WHO | The historic Ambassador East Hotel (1301 N. State Parkway) has been a magnet to distinguished guests since 1926. Located in the heart of the Gold Coast, this hotel is in a premier spot just two blocks from Lake Michigan and three blocks from Chicago's vibrant Rush Street. This hotel has also been home to The Pump Room since 1938, serving celebrities and tastemakers for over 73 years. With the help of Hotel Content Liquidators (HCL) and SPR Partners, these landmarks will be home to a historic 12-day sale on site.
*Pictured above-Booth one and the private phone!
furniture,lamps,everything will be on sale!*

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