There's No Place Like Hollywood Auction — Priceless
Cinephiles–You must remember this: You currently have a once in a lifetime opportunity to own the very piano Sam played again in Casablanca, original posters from your favorite classic movies — even an Esther Williams bathing suit or one of Dorothy’s blue pinafore dresses from The Wizard of Oz! Bonham’s and Turner Classic Movies (TCM) have teamed up to stage the There’s No Place Like Hollywood Auction on November 24th, and your online presence is requested.
I’ve never seen a greater collection of classic Hollywood paraphernalia up for sale, and I’ve covered a lot of auctions. Personally, I’m partial to the linen-backed posters from some of my favorite films such as The Women, African Queen, Gone With the Wind, The Wizard of Oz, Casablanca, Sunset Boulevard,The Seven Year Itch, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Postman Always Rings Twice, Key Largo, Rear Window, Psycho, From Russia With Love, Easter Parade, A Hard Day’s Night, and countless others. They’re expected to go from between $200 — $3,000.
And I can’t help but giggle at the Planet of the Apes offering: Charlton Heston’s ripped pants on a ripped, life-sized Charlton Heston mannequin holding a gun. They could be yours for an estimated $10-12,000.
Now that bust of Katherine Hepburn that she not only displayed in her house but used in Woman of the Year, (estimated price: $8-12,000) would look great on my mantle. And believe me, I could find a place in my house for the pair of red leatherette banquettes from Chasen’s, one of Hollywood’s most beloved watering holes, and a favorite of stars like Clark Gable, Cary Grant, Kirk Douglas, Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe and Walt Disney. The banquettes come with a group of Chasen’s gold-embossed final menus in mint condition, acquired directly from Chasen’s at its closure in 1997. The original Chasen’s building at Doheny and Beverly has been converted into upscale grocery store Bristol Farms, which I fondly frequented when I lived right down the street in my swinging bachelorette pad on Clark, just across the alley from The Ivy. Those were great single days… but I digress. I now have a happy husband who just might be willing to bid the estimated $4-6,000 these banquets might cost, if I play my cards right. My birthday IS coming up.
If you’d like to check out the more than 378 lots that will be auctioned off on Monday, Nov. 24, go to the Bonhams website. Of course you don’t have to be there in person–you can bid online, darling. Get more info/background on these fabulous items, as curated by the experts at TCM, in my feature on HGTV.com. And see more of the items themselves in my gallery at HGTV’s Frontdoor.com. There is one one caveat, however. Don’t even think of bidding against my husband for those banquettes!