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Jack Kerouac stayed at the hotel at different times in his life, this door, to Room #406, led to one of the rooms he stayed in.

One famous anecdote involving Kerouac and the Chelsea is when he and Gore Vidal spent the night there together. This was in 1953, before Jack was living in 406 and writing On the Road. Previous to checking in at the hotel, they went to the San Remo bar, in Greenwich Village, where Kerouac, as well as other creatives such as Tennessee Williams and Miles Davis would go to drink. Kerouac had originally brought along William Burroughs to meet Vidal, but ended up interested in him himself. Vidal was heading home, but they ended up signing into a room at the Chelsea together instead.

Door measures approximately 77 x 31 1/2''.

This door has been consigned by Mr. Jim Georgiou, an accomplished man who had been a previous tenant at the Chelsea (along with his dog, Teddy). Unfortunately, Jim ended up having to leave his beloved home at the hotel, winding up on the street. During this time, he would occasionally return to the Chelsea, to use the restrooms. This was during the beginnings of the renovations on the building. It was as a result of one of these forays into the Chelsea that Jim recovered the doors. Mr. Georgiou recognized the doors' importance as symbols of the accomplished and controversial figures that lived in the hotel when it was a bohemian haven.

Jim Georgiou is now no longer without a home, but certainly remembers his time on the streets. Per his request, a portion of the proceeds from the auction of the doors will go to City Harvest, the non-profit organization that pioneered food rescue in 1982. This year, City Harvest will rescue 59 million pounds of nutritious food and deliver it to 500 community food programs across New York City, helping to feed the nearly 1.3 million New Yorkers facing hunger.

This item is being sold without reserve.

Although the attributions of the Doors of the Chelsea to their associated icons have been made based on extensive research of material written on the figures of the Chelsea, as well as interviews with previous residents and employees of the Hotel, and many of these attributions are borne out by various sources, no definite attribution is possible. As such, each door is purchased "as is" and neither Guernsey's nor the consigner is able to provide any warranty or representation confirming the provenance of any door. See Section 1 of the terms and conditions of sale. No statement by anyone or in the catalogue, in any advertisement, or which is made at the sale, in the bill of sale or invoice, or elsewhere, shall be deemed a representation or guarantee of attribution or an assumption of liability.

Statement from consigner Jim Georgiou:

The journey of these iconic Chelsea Doors began with my arrival at the hotel on September 9th, 2002. For the next decade, while I lived in the building, not only was I witness to the magic of these hallowed halls, but was able to share thoughts, feelings, and anecdotes - a living history of the building - with my neighbors. These people were instrumental in unveiling the rich legacy behind these doors, allowing me to proceed with inspiration towards gaining a clearer and more elaborate story of the 'dream palace.'

Once I left the hotel, and had access to years of old-timers sharing their memories within its walls, this became the basis for how to proceed with what turned out to be exhaustive research. The angles and tributaries to this research are multi-dimensional, and in light of continuing valuable revelations could be on-going. However there is a timeline and we have come to the end of it. What I am disclosing here is a definitive list which includes some of the most important people of the 20th century. In some cases, I did not have strong enough information to make a solid attribute to a specific door. In other cases, there were numerous potential attributions based on the transient nature of hotel living, but only few could be captured definitively like moments frozen in time.

That said, this amazing roster makes it crystal clear that every one of these doors is a precious artifact of an epoch never to be witnessed again. The magic, the fantasy...the impossible realities lie within them all...

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    Jack Kerouac

    Estimate $5,000 - $100,000Apr 12, 2018