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Four Seasons restaurant auction proves to be a pricey feast

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NEW YORK — The interior of a New York City restaurant that for 57 years hosted power lunches for a must see crowd of business executives and celebrities is being auctioned off.

Most items from The Four Seasons were selling for well over their pre-sale estimates in Tuesday’s auction.

Silver flatware, glasses and serving pieces were among the 900 lots being sold.

A number of Eero Saarinen tables from the Grill Room bar fetched prices ranging from $22,000 to $36,000.

The elegant modernist restaurant was designed by architect Philip Johnson.

Furniture by Johnson included a curved banquette and table set, which sold for $50,000.

Even the plaques that bore the restaurant’s name and logo along the entrance stairway went for a pretty penny. The plaques were sold together for $96,000.

Sets of 12 Four Seasons plates bearing the classic, colorful four tree logo were auctioned off for an average of $5,000.

24 plates went for $7,500 as a set.

A set of four ashtrays, each adorned with a different tree for each of the four seasons, sold for $10,000.

The Wright Auction House is live updating their Four Seasons auction page online.

The restaurant’s regulars included Henry Kissinger, Nora Ephron and Tom Wolfe. It served its last meal on July 16. A new Four Seasons will open nearby.

PIX11’s Talia Tirella contributed to this report.