More than 500 lots available: works of art, antiques, mementos, furniture and decorative elements - Exceptional objects on the auction block at the Ritz-Carlton Montréal

    "On the dawn of a fresh new start, we felt we had to give Montrealers a
    chance to acquire a piece of the 'Grande Dame' of Sherbrooke Street"

    MONTREAL, June 10 /CNW Telbec/ - With work on its transformation about to
officially begin, the Ritz-Carlton Montreal is offering the public an
opportunity to take home a piece of history from the "Grande Dame of
Sherbrooke Street" by holding a unique auction sale. Like the auctions held
before renovations at other celebrated hotels, such as the George V in Paris
and the Plaza in New York, this event, taking place June 25 and 26 in
Montreal, will feature many pieces that have marked the history of the world's
first hotel to display the prestigious Ritz-Carlton name. More than 500 lots
will be auctioned off, including the entire contents of rooms and some the
hotel's one-of-a-kind pieces. A portion of the proceeds from the auction will
be donated to a new foundation that will support organizations in various
sectors of the Montreal community.
    "While many celebrities have stayed at the Ritz-Carlton Montréal since it
opened, from Queen Elizabeth to the Rolling Stones, Winston Churchill, Général
de Gaulle and Céline Dion, Montrealers are truly the ones who have forged our
history," said Andrew Torriani, president and general manager of the
Ritz-Carlton Montreal. "We'll be conserving all the key elements in our
heritage, including the Oval Room, the Palm Court, the Garden and the Main
Staircase. "On the dawn of a fresh new start, we felt we had to give
Montrealers a chance to acquire a piece of the "Grande Dame" of Sherbrooke
    More than 200 entire rooms, including the room number, decorative
elements and furniture, will be auctioned off. Also on the auction block will
be items from the royal suite that welcomed celebrity newlyweds Elisabeth
Taylor and Richard Burton after their first marriage. Other lots will include
crystal chandeliers, silverware, furniture and mirrors. Decorative elements
and furniture from the restaurants and bars will also be available, so that
buyers can reconstruct the room of their choice.
    "The items to be auctioned will serve to keep the memory of the
Ritz-Carlton Montreal alive among Montrealers, but we have also taken care to
keep many art objects and antiques that will be included in the new décor. We
will also set up an area where several historic pieces from the Ritz-Carlton's
past will be displayed," concluded Mr. Torriani.
    The well-known auctioneer Iégor de Saint-Hippolyte will conduct the
auction, and the auction catalogue will be available as of June 23 at the
Ritz-Carlton Montreal's reception desk, or at the Hôtel des Encans (872 du
Couvent, Montreal). Lots can be inspected on June 23, from 2 to 8 p.m., and on
auction days, beginning at noon. The auction will take place in the
Ritz-Carton Montreal's celebrated Oval Room, beginning at 7 p.m. on June 25
and 26, until all lots have been sold.

    $100 million project

    With an investment of more than $100 million, the Ritz-Carlton Montreal
will soon undergo an extensive transformation. Once work has been completed in
the summer of 2009, it will regain its place among the leading hotels in North
America, and become the most prestigious hotel in Montreal and in Canada.
Central to this transformation is a comprehensive renovation of the hotel, in
keeping with the world's highest standards of luxury and comfort for a
five-star hotel, as well as the construction of prestige residences. When the
work is complete, the hotel will comprise 130 rooms and luxury suites, as well
as 35 condo-residences and 15 condo-suites. Drawing on its association with
Ritz-Carlton, the residential portion of the hotel will be part of the
prestigious international network of Ritz-Carlton Residences(R).

    About the Ritz-Carlton Montreal

    Inaugurated in 1912, the Ritz-Carlton Montreal is located in the heart of
the Golden Square Mile, the neighbourhood that was once home to Montreal's
early 20th-century business elite. A symbol of refinement and elegance, the
hotel has welcomed some of the world's most notable heads of state, artists
and business people. Many leading 20th-century figures have stayed at the
Ritz-Carlton, including Queen Elizabeth, Winston Churchill, Charles de Gaulle,
Richard Nixon, Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Brian Mulroney, George Bush Sr., the
Rolling Stones and Celine Dion, as well as Elizabeth Taylor and Richard
Burton, who celebrated their first marriage at the hotel.
    Since 2007, the Ritz-Carlton Montreal has been owned by a consortium
comprising Mirelis Financial Group, Torriani Group and Rolaco Group. It is
managed by Torriani Luxury Hotel Management Canada, a subsidiary of Monaco
Luxury Hotels and Resorts. Following its transformation, the Ritz-Carlton
Montreal will have 130 rooms and suites, 35 condo-residences and 15

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