Oh, if those walls - or doors - could talk.
As it prepares for its highly anticipated revamped reopening, The iconic Chelsea Hotel is getting rid of some baggage. $100,000 baggage, that is.
The legendary den of debauchery was a creative haven for decades, home to artists, writers, self-destructive It Girls, and more. Andy Warhol's muse Edie Sedgwick once famously (almost) burned the place down, and we all know what happened with Sid and Nancy. In room 424 Janis Joplin seduced Leonard Cohen (or vice versa), and in room 211, Bob Dylan wrote a song for his first wife.
But that's just scratching the surface of what went down in those rooms. The secrets may be lost in history, but now you can purchase a doorway to the past.
On April 12th at the Ricco/Maresca Gallery in NYC’s Chelsea neighborhood, Guernsey’s will be auctioning off 55 original doors of the hotel. While most start around $1000, some are estimated to rake in up to $100,000, including those that stood in the threshold of rooms belonging to Andy Warhol, Jimi Hendrix, Jackson Pollock, Jim Morrison, and Jerry Garcia.
Sure, they're all a little worse for wear, but all that hard living comes with a price. Let's call it decadent decay, shall we?
See all of the doors HERE!
[Photo via @paddiepoops]