Hollywood Legends Memorabilia Up for Auction - Elizabeth Taylor, Marlene Dietrich, Lucille Ball, Princess Diana - First Time Ever Norman Rockwell Photographs Offered

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Major Hollywood Legends memorabilia including Dietrich, Taylor, Burton, Lucy and more will be auctioned on May 7 & 8 in Beverly Hills.at Julien's Auctions. Recently discovered Norman Rockwell Hollywood photo negatives from Saturday Evening Post, Lucille Ball's car, Princess Diana's gowns, Famous letters from Marlene Dietrich and so much more. A tell-all story of legendary Hollywood up for auction.

Julien’s Auctions, the world’s premier entertainment and celebrity memorabilia auction house, has announced their 2011 Summer Hollywood entertainment auction that will be held on Saturday, May 7 & Sunday, May 8, 2011 at their Beverly Hills Gallery. Memorabilia from Hollywood’s most legendary leading ladies including Marilyn Monroe, Marlene Dietrich, Gloria Swanson, Angelina Jolie, Marion Davies and Lucille Ball will be offered at the two day event. An object of curiosity that evokes stories only made in Hollywood, Dietrich was known as much for her style as for her husband and lovers. For the first time, Julien’s Auctions will offer for sale personal photographs by Dietrich’s favorite photographers, family photographs, correspondence to her husband regarding: his mistress, their financial situation and the FBI, along with cables from Dietrich’s many lovers. The items come from the home of Dietrich’s husband.

For more than thirty years Lucille Ball was one of the most universally recognized and loved entertainers in the world. Known simply as Lucy, she was an unparalleled force in television and won the hearts of every American as the scatterbrain comedian who turned wacky schemes into pure enjoyment for her audiences. Items offered in the sale include the Queen of Comedy’s personal items spanning from her early career through her films. The auction includes costumes, personal correspondence, photographs, film ephemera and her very own Chrysler Town & Country station wagon.

The auction also offers an opportunity to own Marilyn Monroe’s cocktail dress seen on the cover of the limited edition Summer Julien’s Auctions collectible catalog. This black dress, along with other items of clothing, household items, books and personal items are offered for sale.

American actress and fashion icon Gloria Swanson was most prominent during the silent film era and was a protégée of famed director Cecil B. DeMille. As a leading lady that transitioned from silent film work to what was referred to as talkies, Swanson is legendary for her provocative styles and famous remarks. Her career spanned 65 years. Her role in the masterpiece Sunset Boulevard remains legendary. An array of personal clothing and accessories will be auctioned at the May auction.

The auction also includes science fiction property from NBC’s hit television series Heroes and the sci-fi thriller, The Cape. Rounding out the science fiction section of the auction are costumes worn by the cast of Serenity, props and costumes from Terminator 2: Judgment Day, production materials from Raiders of the Lost Ark and Empire Strikes Back. One of the most popular pieces in the auction includes the original Batgirl costume worn by actress Alicia Silverstone in the Batman & Robin feature film.

Norman Rockwell and his process for making his illustrations are revealed in behind the scenes newly discovered staging photograph negatives being sold with copyright. The photographs feature his subjects: Frank Sinatra, Ann-Margret, Bing Crosby and the everyday people in his life which became immortalized in his artwork. His scenes of everyday life have become a symbol for Americana at its best, but his connection to Hollywood depicted in many of his portrait subjects often seen on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post.

Other highlights from Hollywood include Audrey Hepburn’s Funny Face hat (Lot # 341, estimate $2,000-$3,000), Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse Club Signed Album (Lot # 358, estimate $800-$1,000), Zorro signed mask (Lot #367, estimate $800-$1,000), Cleopatra (1963 film) Head of Hather prop (Lot # 447, estimate $500-$700), Cleopatra (1963 Film) Griffin Throne as used by Elizabeth Taylor (Lot #450, estimate $1,000-$1,500), Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton signed guestbook (Lot #451, estimate $600-$800), Schindler’s List Ring from film (Lot #519, estimate $8,000-$10,000), and Angelina Jolie Worn Diamond Necklace (Lot #528, estimate $20,000-$30,000).

There’s Hollywood royalty and then there is Royalty of the family kind …..Two gowns belonging to Princess Diana of Wales will be among the highlights of Julien’s Summer Auction offered in conjunction with Wedding Central, the first and only 24/7 television destination for all things wedding related and celebrating the Royal Wedding in high style on May 7, 2011 with special programming. Princess Diana is undoubtedly one of the most adored members of the British royal family.

The two dresses offered for sale were worn for two very different purposes. The first was worn on a 1992 state visit to India. The embroidered details on this dress, designed by Catherine Walker, were inspired by the art of India. The second dress is a flowing blue chiffon gown, also designed by Walker that Diana wore to the Cannes film festival, a production of Miss Saigon and in 1987 for a portrait sitting with photographer Terance Donovan. Other royal items are represented in the auction including chairs from the 1937 coronation of King George VI, and documents from the Royal family including an order from King George II in 1757.

Other highlights

Free Public Exhibition:
Julien’s Auctions
9665 Wilshire Boulevard
Suite 150
Beverly Hills, California 90210

Monday, April 18th through Saturday, May 7th
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Daily
Closed Sunday’s

Live Auction:
9665 Wilshire Boulevard
Suite 150
Beverly Hills, California 90210

Saturday, May 7th, 2011

Registering to Bid
Registration is required to bid in this live auction and can be done either in person at the exhibitions and auction or by visiting http://www.juliensauctions.com before the sale or by calling (310) 836-1818.

Placing Bids
There are four ways to bid in this sale:

  •     Bid through Julien’s Auctions Online Live in Real Time at http://www.juliensauctions.com
  •     Place bids in the room by attending the auction
  •     Bid over the telephone through an auction house representative, who sits in the room and conveys the bid to the auctioneer
  •     Enter Absentee bids. Absentee bid forms are printed in the back of each catalogue, and are also available by calling Julien’s Auctions (310)836-1818 or online at http://www.juliensauctions.com

About Julien's Auctions
With expertise specializing in entertainment memorabilia, Julien’s Auctions has quickly established themselves as the premier auction house in high profile celebrity and entertainment auctions. Julien’s Auctions presents exciting, professionally managed and extremely successful auctions with full color high quality auction catalogues unlike any other auction company. Previous auctions include the collections of Cher, U2, Barbara Streisand, Debbie Reynolds, the estate of Marilyn Monroe and many more. Official website is http://www.juliensauctions.com

Press Contact:
Caroline Galloway
440-591-3807
cngalloway(at)aol(dot)com or cgalloway(at)juliensauctions(dot)com

For auction highlight photographs at 300 dpi (and above) or the auction catalog cover artwork, please
email requests to: info(at)juliensauctions(dot)com or cngalloway(at)aol(dot)com

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