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Chelsea Hotel doors used by Warhol, Marley up for auction at Guernsey’s

New York City history is on the auction block.

If you take a peek inside the city's auction houses' catalogs, you may be surprised to find some incredible items, like at Guernsey’s, where more than 50 original doors from The Chelsea Hotel are going up for sale.

That might not seem exciting at first, but these doors are said to have been used by celebrity residents like Andy Warhol, Jim Morrison, Leonard Cohen and Madonna, according to the company.

The doors, which were salvaged during the hotel’s refurbishment, are just one of several intriguing historical items up for grabs this spring at Guernsey’s.

Here's more on what's being auctioned off and how you can see them up close.

The Cheetah

This car made history. Built in 1963 as
Photo Credit: Guernsey's Auction House

This car made history. Built in 1963 as one of about 23 models, it set a track record of 215 mph at that year's Daytona 500.

Powered by a fuel-injected Chevrolet Corvette engine, it was the fastest car, even exceeding the Cobra.

Its owner, who has had it since he bought it in 1965, is approaching his 80th birthday and is selling it, the auction house says.

With its original look intact, it can still run.

You'll be able to see it up close at 93rd Street and Park Avenue on May 10, from 10 a.m. until the 6 p.m. auction.

Metal film advertisement plates

If you're a movie buff, you'll want to
Photo Credit: Guernsey's Auction House

If you're a movie buff, you'll want to check out a collection of 60,000 original wooden printer's blocks and metal plates made to advertise iconic films, including "Gone with the Wind," "Star Wars," "The Wizard of Oz," The Beatles' "A Hard Day's Night," "Casablanca," "Singin' in the Rain," "The Godfather" and more.

Hollywood Studios -- MGM, Warner Bros., Paramount, 20th Century Fox, Universal and others -- sent their advertisements to KB Typesetting in Omaha, where typesetters created them with wooden printer's blocks and metal plates. The ads would then be sent to newspapers across the country.

Two friends came across the collection in Omaha and decided to have it appraised on the Antiques Roadshow, where it was described by a leading movie historian as "priceless," the auction house says.

An auction date hasn't been set yet.

The Chelsea Hotel doors

A man who was homeless came across these
Photo Credit: Guernsey's Auction House

A man who was homeless came across these discarded doors when he was looking for shelter, according to Guernsey's. The hotel is undergoing a major face-lift and the original doors are no longer needed, so the doors are being auctioned off. After extensive research, the auction house can trace many of the doors to those who lived behind them, including Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Jack Kerouac, Mark Twain, Andy Warhol, W.E.B DuBois, Humphrey Bogart, Jackson Pollock, Tennessee Williams and Bob Marley.

The Hotel Chelsea, which is known as the Chelsea Hotel and the Chelsea, opened in 1885 at 222 W. 23rd St. and was home to numerous actors, writers, artists and musicians over the years, including Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols, whose girlfriend, Nancy Spungen, was found stabbed to death in 1978. It's been closed since 2011 for renovations and has plans to reopen in 2019.

You can check them out at the Ricco/Maresca Gallery at 529 W. 20th St., between April 5 and the auction on April 12.


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