Four Seasons restaurant auctions contents in July
The Four Seasons restaurant auctions its lavish contents this summer. 

More big money deals have probably been conducted in Manhattan's famed eatery than in any other New York restaurant.

The biggest names in film, sports and politics have been enjoying fine dining at the establishment on Manhattan's east side since 1959.

But when the restaurant's lease expires this summer, the Four Seasons will close and its contents auctioned. Which means its decor, tableware, and furniture - even its bar stools - will be going to the highest bidder across 500 lots.

Renowned for its modernist interior, the pick of the lots will be the restaurant's bespoke Tulip tables featuring polished bronze tops, and its custom Brno chairs.

Wright Auction House will conduct the sale at the restaurant on July 26.

The director of the auction company, Brent Lewis, told CNBC: "There's a reason [co-designer] Philip Johnson ate lunch there every day. It's hard to think of a restaurant which has had such a broad and definable influence. There is something so inescapably powerful about this space which is so intimate yet so grand."

Luminaries such as Martha Stewart, Mort Zuckerman, and Henry Kissinger were regular visitors to the Four Seasons, which was pioneering in its use of seasonally changing menus.  

The restaurant's co-owner, Alex von Bidder, said: "This restaurant is a true New York 'character' with all the swagger and understated bravado of the city's most vibrant personalities."

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