The Chelsea Hotel to auction off doors owned by Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix, and more

The Iconic New York hotel housed legends like Janis Joplin, Bob Dylan, Patti Smith and Leonard Cohen.

Apr 1, 2018
The Chelsea Hotel To Auction Off Doors Belonging To Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley, and More

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New York City has always been an epicenter of culture. A crossroads to some of the most influential artists, writers and musicians. No building has emblemized that creative, bohemian specter like the Chelsea Hotel, an institution and dump that has served as a temporary place of residency for everyone from Mark Twain to Uma Thurman. And now, if you’d like to own a 6.5 x 3-foot piece of that history, an upcoming auction will let you purchase a door previously owned by, well, the lead singer of The Doors.

Built sometime between 1883 and 1885, the Chelsea Hotel was an inexpensive retreat for artists from abroad. It became especially notorious during the late 50s onward, becoming a hub for pot smoking and the Beat movement’s architects like William Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg. Spilling into the sixties, musicians began to fill the hotel as a place to be, notable residents included Janis Joplin, Bob Dylan, Patti Smith and Leonard Cohen.

Chelsea HOtel This doctor tried to convince Carl Sagan to stop smoking weed
A view of the front of the Chelsea Hotel in New York, January 10, 2011. The Chelsea Hotel was a haven for struggling artists for over 50 years. The 12-floor, 250-room landmark hotel was built in the mid-1880s and hosted celebrities such as Andy Warhol, Arthur Miller and his wife Marylin Monroe, musicians Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison and punk rocker Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols, who killed his girlfriend Nancy Spungen there in 1978 in a drug-induced stupor. (Photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images)

The Chelsea Hotel was where Kerouac wrote “On The Road.” It was where Arthur C. Clark wrote 2001: A Space Odyssey. It was a good place to hang out if you were hoping to get singled out by Andy Warhol and his Factory crew. It’s also where Nancy Spungen was found dead under Sid Vicious’ watch. Declared a cultural landmark in 1966, the Chelsea hotel was closed in 2011, supposedly for renovations that will end sometime this year.

Assuming it really does reopen, the renovated Chelsea Hotel probably won’t need its dive-era doors. The wooden slats that lined the halls of the Chelsea Hotel are up for auction in April. Among the doors up for auction are doors once belonging to Jimi Hendrix, Jerry Garcia, Jim Morrison, Joni Mitchell and Bob Marley. Some doors serviced multiple famous residences, such as a door used by both original Rolling Stones member Brian Jones and Taken star Liam Neeson as well as, easily the best bang for your buck, a door used by both Iggy Pop and Bette Davis.

Apr 1, 2018