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Lynn Coletto
Director of Sales and Marketing
The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland
1515 West 3rd Street
Cleveland, OH 44113 USA
Phone: (216) 623-1300
lynn.coletto@ritzcarlton.com

Iconic Paintings, Sculpture and Chandeliers to Make Way for New Treasures
Following Luxury Hotel Transformation

CLEVELAND, OHIO – October 26, 2016 -- With a stunning property transformation currently underway and dramatic unveiling anticipated for 2017, The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland is making several of its cherished art pieces available to collectors via a November catalogue auction presented by Sloans & Kenyon Auctioneers and Appraisers. The Washington, DC-area auction will allow fans of the famed luxury hotel to take home a piece of its magical history, sharing in the same beauty and memories enjoyed by 25 years of discerning hotel guests -- ranging from royalty and heads of state to stars of pro sports, rock & roll and America’s stage and screen.

Long-time guests of The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland have celebrated some of most memorable moments of their lives in the presence of the November art auction’s featured treasures. As one 1994 couple fondly recalls, their marriage proposal took place in The Dining Room, with two gorgeous oil paintings in the background while the words “Will you marry me?” were heard with joy. Twenty years later, the same couple renewed its vows beneath the very same paintings – both of which now are highly sought after for their deep sentimental value.

On several occasions, members of European royal families have celebrated important birthdays surrounded by the vibrantly colorful artwork displayed in the hotel’s two ballrooms, while inductees into Cleveland’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum have partied the night away under the hotel’s prized art following their long-hoped for induction ceremonies. From heartwarming receptions celebrating a local first child’s baptism to celebrations honoring basketball teams who have won key games and championships in the Q Arena right next door, The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland has been a second home and life’s gathering place for many – and the very artwork that has been the backdrop for hundreds of fond personal memories can now enjoy a new home.

The upcoming art event’s seven-day exhibition is scheduled for November 5 through 11, to be followed by the catalog auction on November 12 and 13. Highlights of the hotel art offering will include Henry Perronet Briggs' oil painting, “Admiral Rous,” which adorned the hotel’s legendary Dining Room for many years. A heartwarming Lobby Lounge painting, “The Recital” by Valentin Fontan, is expected to be a sentimental favorite of the collection, while Charles Henry Seaforth’s “A Navy Convoy Preparing to Depart from Plymouth, 1864” should present an equally strong draw. The Dining Room’s “Still Life of Fruit and Flowers” by Alfred Petit is anticipated to offer special appeal for those who have cherished the hotel in person, as will two striking sculptures – “Racehorse with Jockey” (After Isadore Bonheur) and “Huntsman with Hounds” (After Pierre-Jules Mêne). Auction lots can be viewed online on Sloans & Kenyon's website; please visit http://www.sloansandkenyon.com/search.htm after October 31 to see the online catalogue. 

The comprehensive remastering of The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland coincides with the 25th anniversary of the hotel -- which has pioneered new community traditions ranging from The Club Lounge experience and Sunday Brunch to this year’s watch parties commemorating the world championship of the NBA Cleveland Cavaliers. Today, the hotel continues to raise the bar for midwestern luxury, with the current enhancement project making way for spectacular new artwork, a contemporary new dining experience, supremely comfortable guest room interiors, reimagined meeting and event space, and a stunning new lobby. Still ranked the top luxury hotel in Cleveland, The Ritz-Carlton will be open throughout its carefully-phased transformation, ensuring that guests of the booming city have access to continued luxury and world-class service in the heart of the city.

For reservations and further information, visit http://www.ritzcarlton.com/cleveland or call the hotel directly at (216) 623-1300.  The Ritz-Carlton is located at 1515 West Third Street in downtown Cleveland, directly adjacent to the Quicken Loans Arena, home base for the Cleveland Cavaliers. The property is also located just moments from Progressive Field (a 2016 World Series venue), Cleveland Browns Stadium, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and, for shoppers, Tower City Center directly adjoining the hotel.