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.
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.
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.