The Penny Marshall Estate Sale — You Won’t Want to Miss It!

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Everyone knew that the great Penny Marshall, who passed away in December of 2018, was a superlative comedic actress, director and producer. But who knew she was such a fascinating collector?

Fans and fellow collectors can now get an up close look at that side of Marshall’s multi-faceted personality, many of the  one-of-a-kind pieces from her estate will be sold at an online-only auction. Featuring rare American lighting and other remarkable personal belongings, the auction will take place Sept. 13 at 10 a.m. PDT, but you can see the collection right now, at the Abell Auction Co. website.

Marshall, of course, was a favorite  as Laverne DeFazio on the TV sitcom Laverne & Shirley (1976-1983). She made her directorial debut with Jumpin’ Jack Flash (1986) before helming Big (1988), the first film directed by a woman to gross more than $100 million at the U.S. box office. Among numerous other television shows and films, she went on to direct Awakenings (1990), which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture, and A League of Their Own (1992), which grossed over $132 million at the worldwide box office. It’s also one of ReallyRather’s all-time favorites. There’s no crying in baseball.

While she was sleighing in the entertainment industry, Marshall also acquired art, memorabilia and collectibles reflecting her unique interests and lifestyle. She collected vintage signage, rare American ceramics, outsider art, Stickley and other Arts & Crafts furniture, and Americana, so much of which will be sold at the online auction.

Who knew?

Check Out Some of My Favorite Goodies From the Penny Marshall Estate Sale

Penny Marshall Estate AuctionA pair of Handel Native American motif table lamps, estimated to go from between $5,000-7,000. These are among the finest of numerous vintage stained glass and elaborately hand painted lamps that make up the majority of the offerings.


Penny Marshall Estate Auction

Penny Marshall Estate Auction


Penny Marshall Estate Auction

Perhaps this is the sweetest and most meaningful lot of all — three signed All American Girls Professional Baseball League cards, including Alice “Lefty Holmayer, Dorothie “Kammie” Kamenshek and Lavonna “Pepper” Paire. Each is attached to a numbered limited edition All American Baseball Bear. The trio is estimated to sell at somewhere between $600-800.

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Highlights of the Penny Marshall estate sale — who knew she had so many fabulous things? And some are reasonably priced!

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Lisa Johnson Mandell

Lisa Johnson Mandell is an award winning journalist, author and film/TV critic. She can be heard regularly on Cumulus radio stations throughout the US, and on BBC Radio.

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