THE IVY SELLS OFF ITEMS IN SOTHEBY’S AUCTION

Buy Sir Peter Blake’s £5,000-valued collage of Marilyn Monroe or cocktail mixers that served drinks to celebrities including Tom Cruise in a one-off auction of The Ivy’s memorabilia

Forget Nobu and Chiltern Firehouse: The Ivy remains the most iconic, celebrity-packed restaurant in London with its traditional glamour and legendary waiting list. Previous diners have ranged from Laurence Olivier to Harold Pinter, David and Victoria Beckham to Kate Moss.

Now you have the opportunity to own a small part of it as Sotheby’s London auctions off furniture, fixtures and art from the dining rooms and VIP areas of the restaurant as part of its Made in Britain sale on 25 March.

Bidders have the chance to purchase cocktail shakers, bar stools, the mirrored bar and even the table where Diana, Princess of Wales and Margaret Thatcher once dined. Even the restaurant’s famous front doors will be available to buy at an estimated sale price of £1,500.

 

Major art pieces from Britain’s most celebrated artists, including Bridget Riley, Allen Jones and Peter Blake will be auctioned. All proceeds will go to benefit charity Child Bereavement UK, which supports families and educates professionals when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement.

The Ivy is currently temporarily closed until May 2015 for a major refurbishment and owner Richard Caring wishes to share some of the iconic art and memorabilia from the restaurant with those who have been part of its history.

He comments, ‘I want the legend of The Ivy to live on, and now that we are making some contemporary amendments I thought it would be a good opportunity to offer people the chance to own some of its history. I’ve often had people tell me that they wish they could buy some of our pieces and furniture and now they can.’