An auction sale of old, luxury railway carriages from the 'Orient Express' and other famous trains has fetched over 300,000 dollars in Monte Carlo.
GV: auction in progress
MV: carriage of train PULL BACK TO GV auction room
MV: auctioneer bangs hammer, PULL BACK TO GV auction room.
MV: man talking in English to reporter about his purchases.
GV PAN: train in siding.
MV: trying to unlock door of carriage.
GV: train in siding
BUYER: "Well, we're planning to operate a classic train from London to Paris to Venice."
BUYER: "We own a luxury hotel in Venice called the Hotel Cipriani."
REPORTER: "I see. Which car did you buy?"
BUYER: "We bought two of the sleeping cars."
REPORTER: "Two of the sleeping cars."
BUYER: "The one to the far right and the middle one over here."
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Background: An auction sale of old, luxury railway carriages from the 'Orient Express' and other famous trains has fetched over 300,000 dollars in Monte Carlo. On Saturday (8 October), five carriages were sold from the Compagnie Internationale Des Wagon-Lits, after a last nostalgic journey between Nice and Monte Carlo the day before.
SYNOPSIS: It was an auction to bring back memories of the most famous era of the railways in the 1920's and 1930's, although the two sleeping cars from the actual Orient Express did not run on the historic route between Paris and Istanbul until the nineteen-forties. But all the carriages were built before 1929, with all the splendour that the craftsmen of the day could create in polished mahogany, brass, velvet and stained glass. And bidders clearly thought that grandeur could still attract discerning passengers.
Three sleeping cars, one dining car and one parlour or lounge car complete with Lalique panels and lamps designed byu Rene Prou were sold by the company. All were in working order, the epitome of perhaps the most stylish mode of travel ever.