London's Ivy Restaurant opens its door (literally) for charity auction

The Ivy restaurant in London was in a league of its own as it welcomed such stars as Tom Cruise, Kate Moss, Elton John and Madonna through its doors down the years.

The Ivy Restaurant in London

The Ivy Restaurant in London Image by Jack Torcello / CC BY 2.0

Now those same doors have been relocated and are going up for sale in a charity auction at Sotherby’s this week with the proceeds going to the Child Bereavement UK charity. Not just the doors though, the West End’s most famous celebrity eaterie is including a number of fixtures and fittings to go under the hammer, reports the Evening Standard.

Ivy owner, Richard Caring, has a Bridget Riley painting specially commissioned for the premises which is expected to fetch up to £180,000, while more modest fixtures such as a cloakroom tip ray is expected to fetch somewhere between £80-£120.

Sotherby’s are describing Wednesday's sell off as the “world’s most glamorous yard sale” with a number of items Ivy patrons will have seen during their comings and goings. A collection of Leslie Grimes Forties charcoal sketches which were located on the staircase to the men’s lavatories is on offer while another lot includes a table with place setting for six.

The auction is taking place as the Ivy undergoes its first major refurbishment for a quarter of a century. It is due to re-open in late May with Fernando Peire, the Restaurant  director pledging that the new premises will be a better version of the old one.

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