Special Auction Hotel Bogota

Much prominence was sitting on this sofa

A part of Berlin’s history comes to an end

On February 21, collectors had the unique chance to purchase a colorful piece of history. Charlottenburg cult hotel Bogota, immensely popular among artists and celebrities, closed its doors forever, leaving behind some of its most beautiful treasures to Berlin auction house Auctionata.

The auction featured a wide range of treasures and allowed bidders to take home furniture and antiques from the Bogota Hotel that had previously delighted prominent figures, including actors Rupert Everett and Hanna Schygulla and Swiss photographer René Burri.

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Top results from the auction

Rare Black Forest Country Clock
with Musical Movement, c. 1800

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Starting price €7,000.00
Sold for €16,094.00 (incl. buyer’s premium)

Ernst Fuchs (b. 1930), Bronze
Sculpture ‘Janus Clock‘, c. 1982

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Starting price €8,000.00
Sold for €10,523.00 (incl. buyer’s premium)

Art Nouveau Furniture from the Helmut
Newton Room, around 1900

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Starting price €2,400.00
Sold for €2,971.00 (incl. buyer’s premium)

The Bogota Hotel – A slice of Columbia in Berlin

Hotel Bogota in the Schlüterstr., Berlin

A hotel with a troubled history

The building was constructed on Schlüterstraße in Charlottenburg in 1911/1912 as a prestigious residential building in the style of the Wilhelminian era. Only as recently as 1970 did the owner, Heinz Rewald, decide to convert the four existing boarding houses into a hotel, which he named after the Columbian capital, marking the birth of the Bogota Hotel. The purpose of the name was to remind Rewald of his time spent in Columbia, where he sought refuge from the Nazi regime due to his Jewish faith.

The Bogota Hotel is full of exciting history: It was home to the studio of Berlin fashion photographer Yva, as well as her most famous student, Helmut Neustädter, who completed his apprenticeship there in 1936 to 1938 and who later became known as Helmut Newton, one of the greatest photographers of all time.

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A magic dwells in each beginning

Joachim Rissmann, owner of the Bogota Hotel

A cultural monument on Kurfürstendamm

Seven floors, 115 rooms – that was the charming Hotel Bogota on the Schlüterstraße 45 in Berlin. Now, the hotelier Joachim Rissmann has to close the doors of his hotel. He grew up there as his parents took over the hotel from its previous owner, Heinz Rewald.

“Despite the financial turmoil and the strong emotional connection to my hotel, which of course has grown over the years since my parents owned it, I am pleased and excited about the auction, which will take place on the February 21.

This way, it will be possible for individuals to purchase art-treasures from this hotel, which was once full of life. This way the memory of the Bogota Hotel will stay alive and remain in place. For this reason, I can once again look at the future with hope despite having to swallow this bitter pill: when one door closes, another ten will open.”

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Insights into the hotel’s interior

The Helmut Newton Room

The charmingly furnished rooms of the Hotel Bogota were especially popular amongst well-known stars of international show business. Indeed, there always was a lot for culture fans to admire as seen in the black and white photographs in the Helmut Newton room.

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Cosy German atmosphere – this was Rupert Everett’s favourite room

Rupert Everett, the famous Magnum photographer René Burri and German actress Hannah Schygulla all stayed in the Bogota Hotel in Berlin. The rooms carry the names of famous individuals, the René Burri room of course featured a stylish print of Ché Guevarra.

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