Julien’s Auctions, the world-record breaking auction house to the stars, has announced its highly anticipated Icons & Idols: Hollywood auction event to take place on September 23-24, 2016 in Los Angeles. This year’s Hollywood event will offer collectors and fans a chance to peek inside the lives of some of Hollywood’s most private stars. Unprecedented and certainly extraordinary are the memorial ashes of Truman Capote to be offered as one of the items in the auction. The ashes of Truman Capote are housed in a memorial Japanese carved wooden box. The ashes were kept by Joanne Carson who was one of Capote’s closest friends. She often said the ashes brought her great comfort. The box is also marked “Date of Cremation: August 28, 1984. (Estimate: $4,000-$6,000).
One cannot argue the fact that privacy played a pivotal role in the personal lives of stars like Johnny Carson, Steve Jobs, Truman Capote and partners James Bridge & Jack Larson. The rarity of items from the lives of any of these well-known entertainment figures is staggering and for the first time, Julien’s Auctions will offer a selection of personal and career memorabilia from those stars and more during the Icons & Idols: Hollywood event.
One of television’s best known personalities, Johnny Carson, hosted “The Tonight Show” for thirty years. His farewell show in 1992 drew over 50 million viewers. He is often considered to be one of the most popular stars of American television. He was also known for his jokes about his marriages. Joanne Carson, was the second wife of Johnny whom he married in 1963. Rare items from the Estate of Joanne Carson will be offered during the Hollywood auction event which includes the custom-made ivory silk dress with a black rose print and stunning headpiece that Joanne wore to their wedding (Estimate: $800-$1,200). Other highlights from their marriage, include Joanne’s wedding ring with a personal inscription from Johnny Carson (Estimate: $200-$400); personal documents from their marriage (Estimate: $400-$600); a collection of Tonight Show films (Estimate: $1,000-$2,000); and several items signed by Johnny Carson (Estimates: Various). During their rather well-publicized marriage, Joanne also collected and enjoyed art. The auction will include forty artworks from her personal collection including a drawing by Henry Fonda (Estimate: $1,500-$2,000); a watercolor by Phyliss Diller (Estimate: $600-$800); etchings by Rembrandt (Estimate: $3,000-$5,000), May Cassatt (Estimate: $1,000-2,000), and Jim Dine (Estimate: $1,5000-$2,500); prints by Joan Miro (Estimate: $3,000-$5,000), Pablo Picasso (Estimate: $6,000-$8,000), Alberto Giacometti (Estimate: $2,500-$3,500), and Henri Matisse (Estimate: $600-$800), among other sculptures, paintings, prints and drawings.
Other highlights of the Icons & Idols: Hollywood auction include items from the Estate of Charlton Heston; property relating to the life and career of Steve Jobs; the gown worn by Barbra Streisand to the 1968 Academy Awards; a gown from Audrey Hepburn’s personal wardrobe; an array of costumes and accessories from the professional lives of Elizabeth Taylor, Clark Gable, Lana Turner, Katherine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, Jane Russell; and a white halter dress with a sunburst pleated skirt worn by actor Willem Dafoe as he portrayed a hungry Marilyn Monroe in the popular 2016 SNICKERS Super Bowl commercial. Other Monroe highlights include a Gianni Versace 1991 gown with a Warhol style pattern of alternating images of Marilyn and James Dean. An identical dress is in the costume collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
In addition to the hundreds of personal and career memorabilia items from Hollywood’s biggest names, Julien’s Auctions will also offer for sale the largest and most significant autograph collection from Hollywood’s Golden Era. The Rogues Gallery Autograph Collection is the most extensive and unique autograph collection amassed by the silent film star Harold Lloyd and is comprised of the most significant figures of Hollywood’s “Golden Age.” In the 1930’s, Harold Lloyd amassed the collection by writing to the biggest public figures and movie stars asking them to mail back an inscribed photo for what would later become The Rogues Gallery. The collection offers nearly two hundred personally inscribed photos from Hollywood’s most important stars including Marlene Dietrich, Clarke Gable, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, John Barrymore, Jack Benny, Clara Bow, Bob Hope, Cecil B. DeMille, Errol Flynn, Boris Karloff and many more. In addition to legendary film stars, the collection also includes autographed photos from icons including Babe Ruth, Calvin Coolidge, Thomas Edison, Amelia Earhart, and Helen Keller.