Shower doors used by Sinatra, coasters and cocktail forks stolen from world-famous Waldorf Astoria.
COUPLES who stay in the Waldorf's Royal Suite pay $10,000
a night for a room once occupied by the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. Across the
hallway, 42 floors above Park Avenue, is the residence of the US ambassador to
the United Nations.
Guests rest their heads on pillows embroidered with images
of the Duchess's pugs, and in the morning many decide to steal something.
"We lose items out of that suite quite
regularly," said Matt Zolbe, a spokesman for the hotel, who was discussing
this delicate matter over an iced tea in the hotel bar.
"The framed photographs of the Duke and Duchess walk
ridiculously easily, but that's representative of what we are talking
"Its discovery has questioned the integrity of our
progenitors," they wrote. An investigation had "narrowed suspicion to
a bachelor uncle" who frequented the Waldorf in his youth with friends
"whose surnames grace many NYC landmarks. Did he succumb to youthful
A lady from San Diego sent the coffee pot "taken by
my dad on his honeymoon night in the Waldorf Astoria, October 8, 1938".
Catherine and Edward Hayner of New Jersey, who honeymooned
there on June 25, 1949, lifted a cocktail fork. The bride, the daughter of a
police chief no less, slipped it into her purse. Their granddaughter handed it
Mr Zolbe also received a saucer, stolen by a couple who
met in the hotel lobby in 1945. "He was coming back from World War
Two," said Mr Zolbe. They did not even stay the night.
Some surprisingly large items are still missing. Mr Zolbe
is appealing for the return of a 60cm-tall fluted crystal vase, commissioned in
1913 for the hotel's 30th anniversary, and the shower doors from a suite once
occupied by Frank Sinatra.
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