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Who wants a piece of the Four Seasons?

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25 July 2016

Episode 250

30 minutes


Photo: Jennifer Calais Smith

The iconic Four Seasons restaurant has served its final meal in its current guise, as it leaves the Seagram Building on Park Avenue in New York. As the contents of the restaurant come up for sale we take a look around to see what we might like to place our bids on.

25 July 2016

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Chapter 1

The Four Seasons: a history

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As the Four Seasons restaurant closed its doors in the Seagram Building, we sat down with Paul Freedman, professor of history at Yale University, to discuss its cultural legacy.

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The Four Seasons: up for sale

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Richard Wright, founder of Wright auctioneers, shows us the highlights of the Four Seasons sale, including bar stools by Mies van der Rohe and Philip Johnson banquettes.

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The Four Seasons: art

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Art dealer and advisor Kathlene Fox-Davies tells us why the Four Seasons was such a pioneer when it came to choosing the art that went on the walls, from the Seagram Rothkos to the controversial Picassos.

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The Four Seasons: what to buy?

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We return to our historian, Paul Freedman, to find out what he would buy if he was bidding on the Four Seasons auction.

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