Friday, September 09, 2005

Grab a Piece of the Ambassador

Tomorrow's your chance to bid on leftover relics from the historic Ambassador Hotel, which will soon make its way into history and disappear from the Wilshire Blvd. spot where it has sat since the 1920s.

Sadly, there's nothing we can do now about the demise of the Ambassador, as its fate is sealed (and the L.A. Conservancy has ended its battle to save the building). In the end, the best we can do is bid on some of the hotel's remnants. The auction will be held Saturday at 10:30 at the hotel -- probably our last chance, by the way, to see the structure up close. (Yes, you bet I'm bringing the camera.)

Check out this site for more details. And hey, since I'm supplying ya with the info, no outbidding us, OK?

Some of the highlights of the sale:

One of the Ambassador's safes -- this thing is already going for at least $2,000 online. So bring a thick credit card.

Pretty cool classic mail box.

Disco ball from the 1970s, when the Cocoanut Grove -- in one of its last gasps -- tried to keep up with the times.

Not sure what you'd do with a telephone operator switchboard, but hey, how cool is this?


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