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Ashtrays From NYC's Legendary Four Seasons Restaurant Fetch $10K at Auction

Bidders clamored for a piece of restaurant history yesterday

Daniel Krieger

It's the end of an era for a legendary New York dining institution: The Four Seasons, the site of countless power lunches and high-dollar business dinners, is moving to a new space on Park Avenue after six decades in business.

The New York Times called the Four Seasons "probably the most important New York restaurant of the 20th century," declaring that it "Americanized fine dining and set in motion many of the trends that still dominate restaurant culture in the United States." Relive the restaurants entire 57 year history here, on Eater NY.

The iconic restaurant's last day of slinging martinis and $56 crab cakes to a well-heeled Midtown crowd was July 16, and yesterday it auctioned off furnishings, fixtures, and dishware in preparation for its impending move.

As Eater sister site Curbed reports, competition to snag a piece of New York restaurant history was fierce: Banquettes fetched as much as $50,000, an ottoman brought in $18,000, and a bronze sign bearing the restaurant's name went for $96,000.

Perhaps most amazingly, a set of ashtrays — originally estimated to bring $500 to $700 — went for a staggering $10,000.

This tweet pretty much sums it up:

A brand new iteration of the Four Seasons will open sometime next year just a few blocks away at 280 Park Avenue.

The Four Seasons Restaurant's Interiors Are Being Auctioned Off Right Now [Curbed]

• Legendary Power Restaurant The Four Seasons Takes its Final Bow in the Seagram Building [Eater NY]

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