Knock, knock, knockin’

Mama, take these doors off of me
I can’t use them anymore…

The door to US singer Bob Dylan’s room at the iconic Chelsea Hotel in New York has sold at auction for $100,000 (£70,000).

It was one of 50 doors from the hotel, where a host of stars stayed over the years, to be sold.

What are these doors doing running around loose, anyway?

The doors were rescued by a former tenant, Jim Georgiou, who saw them being thrown away and arranged to take possession of them.

“For me they were history and beauty and connected to my heart. They’re precious because there are so many people who’ve been through them,” he told the New York Times.

The building was designated a city landmark in 1966 and was sold in 2016 to a group of investors. It stopped taking new bookings in 2011 but a small group of long-term residents are still living on the upper floors while the renovation work continues.

Dylan’s door was the priciest of the lot; in second place, at $85k, was a room where Leonard Cohen tried just a little bit harder for Janis Joplin.


  1. fillyjonk »

    14 April 2018 · 4:51 pm

    Mr. Georgiou was canny. I presume he was the one to profit, here? He should be.

  2. Roger O Green »

    16 April 2018 · 10:17 am

    “The 1971 generation of singer-songwriters… were increasingly infatuated with each other.” This briefly included Janis Joplin and Leonard Cohen. He later apologized for writing about it in Chelsea Hotel #2.

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