Fontainebleau Memorabilia Sold To Make Room For RenovationThursday, March 30, 2006 - MIAMI BEACH, Fl, from NBC6.net
Fontainebleau Hotel has been the site of 007 movies and history
Items of all sorts from the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach are on sale so the hotel can be renovated inside.
In "Goldfinger," the 1964 James Bond classic, the Fontainbleau was almost as big a star as Sean Connery. All of the furnishings for a suite seen in the film, now known as the "Goldfinger Suite," are being sold in a liquidation sale to make room for the $150 million liquidation.
"There is a lot of memorabilia here. We have kitchen equipment. We have banquet equipment. We have about 7,000 dishes. We have enough carpet for five miles of carpeting," said liquidator David White.
Sale items are priced to sell fast, with some costing as little as 25 cents.
Some people are buying staple items for their homes, while collectors want rare items, such as early menus and silverware embossed with the hotel's name.
Stars such as Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and Sammy Davis, Jr. were frequent guests at the hotel, which is a landmark on Collins Avenue. They might have even used some of the sale items in their heyday.
After it opened in 1954, the Fontainebleau was Vegas East, visited by almost every star in the galaxy. Several movies featured the glamorous hotel's unique design.
Interior designer Rhoda Astrachan is helping with the sale. She remembers the hotel's glory years.
"Nostalgic. For me, it touched my heart to see an era over. It is no more. It's gone on to new things. But nobody can have old world charm like this hotel," Astrachan said.
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