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According to the auction house, these items were seized by the Soviets from noble Russian houses and placed in the hotel, which was built in the early 1970s.

A highlight is this mid-19th century richly inlaid secretaire writing desk and cupboard measuring 7ft 3in x 4ft 2in (2.21 x 1.27m) and estimated at £8000-10,000.

Proceeds from the sale will return to Russia.

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