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    GARLAND, MONROE, JFK AND TRUMP TO FEATURE AT JULIEN’S AUCTIONS

    Friday, September 22nd, 2017

    The largest collection of Judy Garland costumes, Sir Cyril Norman Hinshelwood’s 1956 Nobel Peace Prize medal, JFK’s rocking chair and Donald Trump’s souvenir wedding cake will feature at Julien’s Icon and Idols auction in a live and online auction in Los Angeles on November 17.  The sale will include property of Marilyn Monroe, former King Edward VIII, Neil Armstrong, Charlie Chaplin, Steve McQueen, Barbra Streisand, Bruce Lee, Greta Garbo, Brad Pitt, Grace Kelly and Humphrey Bogart.

    Highlights include a petal pink turn-of-the-century slip worn by Garland in Meet Me in St. Louis ($3,000-$5,000) along with the red velvet ball gown she donned while singing “Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas” in the 1944 iconic holiday moment in the film ($4,000-$6,000);  the 1956 Nobel medal (Sir Cyril was jointly awarded the Nobel Prize with Nikolay Semenov of the USSR for their researches into the mechanism of chemical reactions, specifically in the reaction between hydrogen and oxygen) ($200,000-$400,000); a 1963  oak and leather upholstered rocking chair commissioned and gifted by President John F. Kennedy to Senator Stanley Arnold ($8,000-$10,000), an exact replica of Kennedy’s famed rocking chair  built by White House upholsterer Lawrence Arata on the recommendation of the President’s doctor and a souvenir wedding cake from the 2005 marriage of President Donald Trump to First Lady Melania Knauss ($1,000-$2,000). As the actual seven-tier wedding cake (reportedly costing $50,000) was not eaten by the wedding guests due to the amount of wire used to make it stand, the individual chocolate truffle cake favors were taken home to enjoy.  Here is a small selection:

    Judy Garland’s gown in Meet me in St. Louis

    Souvenir wedding cake from Donald Trump’s 2005 marriage to Melania Knauss

    JFK presidential rocking chair.

    Bruno Bernard‘s original black and white vintage photograph taken and signed by Bernard on the set of The Seven Year Itch (1955) ($10,000-$20,000);

     

     

    JOHN LENNON’S SGT. PEPPER’S SKETCH AT JULIEN’S AUCTIONS

    Sunday, May 14th, 2017
    Iconic rock’n’roll memorabilia from some of the biggest moments in music history will come under the hammer in a live and online auction at the Hard Rock Cafe, Times Square, New York on May 20.
    The Music Icons 2017 sale by Julien’s Auctions will feature everything John Lennon’s ink on paper sketch of the album cover for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band to Elvis Presley’s first piano.
    The Sgt. Pepper album is 50 years old this year and Julien’s describe the sketch as one of the most important pieces of Beatles memorabilia ever discovered.  It is estimated at $40,000-60,000. After the auction it is to be displayed at The Museum of Style Icons at Newbridge Silverware in Kildare from May 22 to June 4. The Elvis piano is estimated at $100,000-200,000

    HOLLYWOOD GOLDEN AGE MEMORABILIA ON VIEW IN KILDARE

    Sunday, March 26th, 2017

    From the necklace worn by Vivien Leigh and cigar case used by Clark Gable in “Gone With the Wind” (1939) to earrings worn by Marilyn Monroe in “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” (1953) the sale by Julien’s Auctions of property from Joseff of Hollywood next November is rich in important Hollywood memorabilia from a Golden Age on screen.  And they are on display at the Newbridge Silverware museum of Style Icons from now until May 14.  Marilyn Monroe’s skin tight dress was previously exhibited at the County Kildare museum.

    Legendary stars like Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, Marlene Dietrich, Rita Hayworth, Vivien Leigh, Judy Garland, Olivia de Havilland and Greta Garbo are among the impressive list of Hollywood’s biggest stars who wore Joseff’s designs. Highlights of the sale include necklaces worn by Bette Davis in “The Virgin Queen” (1955); a brooch worn by Marlene Dietrich in “Shanghai Express” (1932); Loretta Young’s crown and comb from “Suez” (1938); earrings worn by Marilyn Monroe in “Some Like it Hot” (1959); a necklace, earrings and ornaments worn by Greta Garbo in “Camille” (1936); Order chains worn by Katherine Hepburn in “Mary of Scotland” (1936); a necklace worn by Judy Garland in the “Ziegfeld Follies” (1946); a brooch worn by Lana Turner and medallion worn by Vincent Price in “The Three Musketeers” (1948) and a necklace worn by Olivia de Havilland in “My Cousin Rachel” (1952).

    In the 1930’s and ’40’s Joseff supplied nearly 90% of all jewellery worn on screen. He developed an antiqued plating technique specifically designed to soften the glare of the harsh studio lighting and give every piece a veneer of authenticity. Joseff of Hollywood was established in the late 1920’s. After Eugene Joseff’s untimely death in 1948 his wife J.C. managed the business  until her death aged 97 in 2010.  The live and online auctions take place at Julien’s next November 16 and 17.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for September 7, 2016)

    A pair of earrings worn by Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blonds.

    Rhett Butler’s one of a kind cigar case from Gone with the Wind.

    A necklace worn by Bette Davis in The Virgin Queen

    The Loretta Young crown from Suez.

    PATRICK SWAYZE ESTATE AUCTION AT JULIEN’S

    Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

    Property from the estate of Patrick Swayze will come up at Julien’s Auctions in April.  The three-time Golden Globe nominee who died too early in 2009 became an instant celebrity in 1987 when he starred as the misunderstood dance instructor Johnny Castle in the surprise hit Dirty Dancing.

    After starring roles in other films such as Red Dawn, he went on to star in the hit mini-series, North & South, Books I & II. In 1987, everything changed as Dirty Dancing went on to become a Hollywood box office sensation which secured Swayze as a Hollywood icon. His star continued to rise as he was cast in iconic films including Road HouseNext of KinPoint BreakCity of Joyand To Wong Foo: Thanks for Everything Julie Newmar.

    In 1990 Patrick Swayze starred alongside Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg in the romantic drama Ghost. The film grossed over $200 million and earned Swayze a Golden Globe nomination, one of three he would receive throughout his career. He was also a singer whose hit “She’s like the Wind” catapulted to No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 1 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary charts in the late 1980s. Fans will also never forget Swayze being named People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” in 1991.

    The live and online auction will take place April 28-29, 2017 at Julien’s Auctions in Los Angeles.  Highlights include Patrick Swayze’s leather jacket from the film Dirty Dancing ($4,000-$6,000); his shirt and shoes from the film Ghost ($2,000-$4,000); a Patrick Swayze Golden Globe nomination certificate ($800-$1,200); a collection of script packets for Season 16 of Saturday Night Live when Swayze hosted  ($600-$800); a Patrick Swayze Point Break worn O’Neill wetsuit ($2,000-$4,000); a Point Break surfboard ($4,000-$6,000) and Point Break skydiving gear ($1,000-$2,000).

    Other highlights include Patrick Swayze personal Wong Foo script and signed photo ($6,000-$8,000); Swayze’s DeLorean automobile ($30,000-$50,000) and his 1986 Harley-Davidson Softail motorcycle ($8,000-$10,000).

    Patrick Swayze leather jacket from Dirty Dancing

    Swayze auction catalog cover

    Patrick Swayze personal Harley-Davidson

    Patrick Swayze shirt from Ghost.

    MARILYN’S DRESS MAKES $4 MILLION AT HAMMER AT JULIEN’S

    Friday, November 18th, 2016
    That dress. The front view.

    That dress. The front view.

    The rear view.

    The rear view.

    The skin tight flesh coloured dress worn by Marilyn Monroe as she sang “Happy Birthday Mr. President” to JFK  has just sold for a hammer price of $4 million at Julien’s Auctions in Los Angeles. Lot number 83 was described as the historic dress worn by Marilyn when she sang to JFK at Madison Square Garden in 1962.  It was an early 45th birthday celebration.The custom made Jean Louis creation was so tight fitting that Marilyn had to be sewn into it at the last moment.

    Under a bright spotlight Marilyn Monroe walked on stage and peeled away her white ermine fur coat, revealing the sheer dress that sparkled with over 2,500 handstitched crystals. Her intimate tone and projection of the words Mr. President stunned the audience.  She died three months later, the President was assassinated the following year.  Prior to the sale the dress was displayed in Ireland at the Newbridge Silverware Museum of Style Icons.

    It was bought by Ripleys Believe it or Not! which owns a chain of museums.

    (See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for September 7 and June 2, 2016)

    MARILYN’S SKIN TIGHT DRESS TO TOUR TO KILDARE

    Wednesday, September 7th, 2016
    That dress. The front view.

    That dress. The front view.

    The skin tight flesh coloured dress worn by Marilyn Monroe as she sang “Happy Birthday Mr. President” to JFK  is to be displayed at the Newbridge Silverware Museum of Style Icons in Ireland before being sold by Julien’s Auctions on November 17.  The custom made Jean Louis creation was so tight fitting that Marilyn had to be sewn into it at the last moment. It will be displayed on the mannequin designed to match her body measurement.

    On Saturday, May 19, 1962, at a Democratic fundraiser and early 45th birthday celebration, President John F. Kennedy took his seat in Madison Square Garden at what was to become one of the most iconic moments in entertainment and political history. In front of 15,000 guests, many of them celebrities, actor Peter Lawford made an introduction that would change the course of pop culture and Presidential folklore forever. Under a bright spotlight Marilyn Monroe walked on stage and peeled away her white ermine fur coat, revealing the sheer dress that sparkled with over 2,500 handstitched crystals. Her intimate tone and projection of the words Mr. President stunned the audience. Jacqueline Kennedy was not present. The song lasted just 30 seconds. Sadly this was one of Marilyn’s last public appearances and the last time they met. She died three months later, the president was assassinated the following year.

    The rear view.

    The rear view.

    Prior to the auction, the “Happy Birthday Mr. President” dress will go on tour. It is to be shown at MANA Contemporary in New Jersey as part of the Exhibition “Marilyn: Character Not Image” followed by the Newbridge Silverware Museum of Style Icons (MOSI) in Kildare, Ireland from October 29 to November 6 before making its way back to the Julien’s Auctions Gallery in Los Angeles.

    The catalogue cover for the sale show's Marilyn wearing the dress on stage.  Courtesy Julien's Auctions

    The catalogue cover for the sale show’s Marilyn wearing the dress on stage. Courtesy Julien’s Auctions

    “We have had remarkable opportunities to offer unique objects related to Marilyn Monroe in the past,” said Martin Nolan, Executive Director of Julien’s Auctions. “To be part of the continued interest and excitement around this legend is always thrilling. This dress, this story, this momentous occasion represents a defining moment in history. This auction will remind the world why Marilyn Monroe remains an icon.”

    Three days of live and online auctions from the life and career of Marilyn Monroe and the collection of Lee Strasberg will kick off at Julien’s on November 17.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for June 2, 2010)

    “Naked Trump” at Julien’s October Auction

    Thursday, September 1st, 2016
    Naked Trump.

    Naked Trump.

    Selling Donald Trump fully clothed is a bit of task, even if today some of his best friends are apparently Mexicans.  The task of selling him in reproduction unclothed has fallen to Julien’s Auctions in Hollywood.

    Their October 22 street art and contemporary art auction will feature a Naked Trump statue along with works by Banksy, Keith Haring, Jean Michel Basquiat and others. Estimated at $10,000-20,000 the statue is by anonymous street art collective INDECLINE and it has appeared on the 4600 block at Hollywood Boulevard. It is entitled “The Emperor has no Balls”. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the National Immigration Forum.

    “Naked Trump” is one of a series of which caused a commotion nationwide recently when appearing unannounced in public spaces in New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Cleveland and Los Angeles. This is the only remaining example not confiscated or destroyed.  The auction will be live and online.

    UPDATE: IT SOLD FOR $22,000

    THE COLLECTION OF FRANK AND GAIL ZAPPA AT JULIEN’S AUCTIONS

    Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

    Property from the estate of  innovative musical genius Frank Zappa (1940-1993) and his trailblazer wife Gail will come up in a live and online auction at Julien’s Auctions next November 4. As a music composer, producer, director and guitarist Frank Zappa would fuse musical genres and incorporate diverse musical techniques and sounds, some often politically charged and intentionally shocking.  Often described as a genius, Frank Zappa was undeniably one of the most innovative musicians of the 20th century. He led the sixties California freak movement, composed classical compositions throughout his career, was a hero of free speech and spoke out against censorship often in public.  In 1967, Frank married Gail Zappa and purchased a home in Laurel Canyon in Los Angeles. During the Zappas’ decades of touring the globe, they amassed a collection of exotic furnishings, fine antiques, salvaged architectural pieces, unique collectibles and whimsical items that appealed to their panache for colorful and non-conformist eye. The auction will include many of the personal treasures that found their home at the fabled compound in California.

    A Venetian gilt metal chandelier ($10,000-$15,000)

    A Venetian gilt metal chandelier ($10,000-$15,000)

    A large painting by Ashley Laurence titled “Angel Pig,” painting, name given by Gail Zappa. ($3,000-$5,000).

    A large painting by Ashley Laurence titled “Angel Pig,” painting, name given by Gail Zappa. ($3,000-$5,000).

    The catalogue cover image of Frank and Gail Zappa

    The catalogue cover image of Frank and Gail Zappa

    A clay Thing-Fish model, a ukulele featured on the Thing-Fish album cover

    A clay Thing-Fish model, a ukulele featured on the Thing-Fish album cover

    Zappa's Grammy nomination.

    Zappa’s Grammy nomination.

    JANE FONDA COLLECTION AT JULIEN’S AUCTIONS

    Monday, July 18th, 2016

    You Bowie, me Jane.  Hard on the heels of Sotheby’s announcement of the sale of David Bowie’s Collection in London next November (see post on antiquesandartireland.com for July 14) comes the news that Julien’s Auctions in Hollywood will offer the Jane Fonda Collection in a live and online sale on September 23.  Property from the collection of the Oscar winning actress, author, fitness guru, philanthropist and producer will cover  items from both her career and her personal life. Highlights include an Andy Warhold 1982 pop lithograph of Fonda as Barbarella, her red and black striped leotard from the cover of the Jane Fonda Workout book, her collection of bespoke Atelier Versace garments and the Yves St. Laurent Oscar acceptance speech suit for Klute. Here is a small selection:

    A necklace and earring Georgian amethyst set circa 1830, mounted in Pinchbeck ($3,000-5,000)

    A necklace and earring Georgian amethyst set circa 1830, mounted in Pinchbeck ($3,000-5,000)

    CAST SIGNED ON GOLDEN POND SCRIPT An {On Golden Pond} (Universal, 1981) - $800-1.200

    CAST SIGNED ON GOLDEN POND SCRIPT (Universal, 1981) – $800-1.200

    PAIR OF TIBETAN POLYCHROME CABINETS ($4,000-6,000)

    PAIR OF TIBETAN POLYCHROME CABINETS ($4,000-6,000)

    ALFRED MITCHELL (AMERICAN, 1888-1972)          - Sunset Glow ($10,000-15,000)

    ALFRED MITCHELL (AMERICAN, 1888-1972) – Sunset Glow ($10,000-15,000)

    A canary yellow Gianni Versace Couture gown worn by Jane Fonda to the 69th Academy Awards in 1997 ($3,000-5,000).

    A canary yellow Gianni Versace Couture gown worn by Jane Fonda to the 69th Academy Awards in 1997 ($3,000-5,000).

    PELE’S COLLECTION AT JULIEN’S AUCTIONS IN LONDON THIS WEEK

    Monday, June 6th, 2016
    Pele's FIFA World Cup medal, 1958

    Pele’s FIFA World Cup medal, 1958  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £160,000 AT HAMMER

    More than 2,000 lots will come up at the sale of Pele: The Collection by Julien’s Auctions in London on June 7, 8 and 9.  Considered the most important football player of all time the collection covers everything from his signing with Santos FC in 1956 aged 15 to his post career humanitarian efforts.

    The three-time World Cup Champion, FIFA Player of the Century (1999) and Brazilian Football legend holds the record as the youngest player to ever play in, and score in, a World Cup Final. He holds the Guinness World Record for goals scored in a career with 1,283.

    Highlights include Pelé’s Jules Rimet Trophy ($400,000-$600.000), his 1958, 1962 and 1970 World Cup Medals ($100,000-$200,000), the 1,000th goal ball ($40,000-$60,000), Pelé’s 1977 NY Cosmos NASL Championship ring ($30,000-$40,000) and the L’Equipe Athlete of the Century Award  ($20,000-$30,000). His Santos FC game worn jersey ($8,000-$10,000) and Santos World Champion Sash ($5,000-$7,000), Pelé’s 1960s C.B.D. 1st Place Brazilian Championship (Taca Brasil) Medal ($10,000-$20,000) and a Pelé FIFA 2004 Centennial Order of Merit  ($2,000-$4,000). The live and online sale is at the Mall Galleries (beside Admiralty Arch). 

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for March 10, 2016)