Items fetch high prices at Four Seasons restaurant auction

AP News
Posted: Jul 26, 2016 3:09 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — The interior of a New York City restaurant that for 57 years hosted power lunches for a must see crowd of business executives and celebrities is being auctioned off.

Most items from The Four Seasons were selling for well over their pre-sale estimates in Tuesday's auction.

Silver flatware, glasses and serving pieces were among the 900 lots being sold. A number of Eero Saarinen (EHR'-oh SAHR'-uh-nehn) tables from the Grill Room bar fetched prices ranging from $22,000 to $36,000.

The elegant modernist restaurant was designed by architect Philip Johnson. Furniture by Johnson included a curved banquette and table set, which sold for $50,000.

The restaurant's regulars included Henry Kissinger, Nora Ephron and Tom Wolfe. It served its last meal on July 16. A new Four Seasons will open nearby.