Old Hollywood Auction: Chasen's Artifacts

Chairs, serving items, and the restroom doors are up for bidding.

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    Chasen's
    Are you a mega fan of Chasen's, the beloved and now gone Hollywood hot spot? Several restaurant artifacts are going up for auction.

    If you were part of the Tinseltown swankery any time around the middle of the last century, you likely, at some point, slid into one of the iconic booths at Chasen's, ready to dine on chops, martinis, and some delicious gossip.

    The legendary see-be-seen-and-sup spot at 9039 Beverly Boulevard had its ups and ups and downs over its six-decade run, but the fact that it was the primo hangout for Hollywood's elite shall remain forever etched in the annals of entertainment.

    Star-studded? No place was studded by stars more than Chasen's, back in the day.

    Now a number of Chasen's artifacts are heading for new homes, possibly yours. Julien's Auctions is overseeing several pieces from the restaurant's history, including one that comes with a magical music story attached.

    The Hollywood Legends Auction, which includes oodles of artifacts beyond Chasen's, happens on Friday, April 11 and Saturday, April 12.

    As for the magical music story? Donna Summer famously was inspired to write "She Works Hard for the Money" inside the Chasen's women's bathroom (attendant Onetta Johnson was the songstress's inspiration). Two restroom doors are in the auction, so surely a big fan of Ms. Summer, and that hit song, will make the bid.

    Other pieces in the auction include chairs, sconces, serving items, a Yamaha Piano, and shutters.

    What long-ago crooners might have leaned against that piano while belting out an impromptu standard or two? Every singer of the 1930s, '40s, and onward was a Chasen's patron at some point. Hyperbole? Perhaps, but we are dealing with a Hollywood hot spot. How many movies and television shows were first hashed out among its booths?

    Chasen's no longer stands, but you can visit it, in a way, by making for the Bristol Farms at Beverly and Doheny.

    If you purchase a milk at the market, and serve it in a Chasen's cup, isn't that a little past-meets-present Hollywood-style magic right there?

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