The Mobilier National, the national furniture collection, is drawing up a list of objects in storage that will be auctioned off in September.
It is not yet known exactly what will be sold and officials did not respond to requests for details, but French media reported that about 100 objects dating from the 19th century, particularly from the reign of Louis-Philippe I between 1830 and 1848, will be selected.
The sale of “declassified” objects from the national collection is not unknown, but it is reportedly rare for such a large number to come on the market at the same time.
The auction, organised to “contribute to the national effort to support hospitals”, will take place on the Journées du Patrimoine (heritage days) on the weekend of 20-21 September. Proceeds will go to the Foundation for Paris Hospitals and French Hospitals, whose president is the first lady, Brigitte Macron.