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Relics from shuttered celeb hang-out Elaine's up for auction


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For nearly 50 years, Elaine's on the Upper East Side was one of the hottest spots for the city's celebrities and literati to see and be seen — and now you can own a piece of it.

The personal collection of the eatery's famous restaurateur, Elaine Kaufman, who died in December at 81, will go up for auction Sept. 20, and some 250 pieces of art, furniture, books and memorabilia from her Upper East Side penthouse and the restaurant will be up for bidding.

Relics from the restaurant will include a vintage cash register from the restaurant (estimated to bring in $400 to $600), the papier mache carousel horse that hung in the window ($200 to $300), and the famous Table One with four chairs, which could go for as much as $600, among other items.

Of Kaufman's personal collection, two Andy Warhol works will be up for bidding, along with signed books from Truman Capote and Katharine Hepburn, among others.

"[Elaine] lined the walls of her restaurant and home with artwork, books, photographs and memorabilia, some of which was given to her by the wonderful people she met night after night at her restaurant," said Diane Becker, the restaurant's longtime manager who inherited it after Elaine's death.

"I feel that this is the best — and frankly only — way I know to share Elaine with those she cared about most," Becker said.

A public exhibition of the artifacts will be held from Sept. 17 through Sept. 19 at Doyle New York, which is holding the auction.


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