The Lanesborough on Hyde Park Corner, London, will close on 20th December in preparation for a complete refurbishment, after which it will reopen in the fourth quarter of 2014. As a result, the hotel will hold an auction to sell its existing furnishings, artefacts and decorations.

Led by Pro Auction, the auction will hold over 3000 lots featuring original and reproduction period furnishings, as well as authentic art work reflecting the grand era of the Regency period. In addition to the contents of the 93 guest rooms – including 43 suites – the auction will extend to public areas of the hotel including private dining rooms, The Library Bar and Apsleys Restaurant.

The Lanesborough’s refurbishment will be led by interior designer, Alberto Pinto, and will enhance all guest rooms and public areas with the integration of the latest innovations whilst honouring the building’s architectural heritage.

Geoffrey Gelardi, MD at The Lanesborough, says: “This marks an unprecedented renovation project for the hotel, which brings with it the opportunity to purchase a piece of the hotel’s history at auction as we pave the way for a new chapter for The Lanesborough.”

Mark Flynn at Pro Auction adds: “This really is going to be an exceptional event, presenting a rare opportunity to acquire quality furnishings from one of the world’s leading hotels in the lead up to refurbishment. It is possible for bidders to buy the entire contents of the bedrooms with a range of options to attract a variety of buyers and scales of purchase.”

The auction will take place at The Lanesborough between 9th and 13th December commencing at 10.30am. Viewing is available to the public by appointment on 7th and 8th December, and virtual tours of the bedrooms are available online. Catalogues are available on request or can be downloaded from the dedicated website.