Reports state that over 2,500 people showed up at the auction, and that bidding added up to total sales of over $200,000. We don't doubt it.
We recently spoke with a hotel-obsessed flea market owner who explained that historic old resorts dumping their goods can be pure gold mines for antique collectors. Of course, to us, the contents of a hotel are always more interesting when we're actually using them during our stay (hello, DVD players! oh hey, tricked-out shower doors!).
After all, as guests, are you looking for a functional, design-forward experience, or a museum?
But, we admit, the relics have their appeal too. Guess those New Hampshire folks just happened to be in the right place at the right time this weekend.
In addition to the barber chair, other items of note included: an $850 copper water-cooling machine, chairs from the hotel's ski lift, and even a biomass plant. The latter wasn't even expected to sell at all, but auctioneers kept the goods moving for a reported 12 hours.
What about you? Have you ever picked up a storied piece of hotel ephemera? Do you keep a collection? Is there one hotel you'd just love to raid? We want to hear about it!
[Photo: AP / Jim Cole]