It's incredibly sad to me that this landmark is closing b/c it contains precious memories for so many people. You could debate about the price tag vs. the common man, but I feel like we all need something special like this to aspire to visit. Something above and beyond the ordinary. A tradition of excellence to be admired. ToG, you will be missed.
Here's a few of the items up for auction Jan 13/14. Wish I could pick up some of those gorgeous samovars!