Sale Date: Saturday, May 17, 2014 - 11:00 AM
Day 2: Sunday, May 18, 2014 - 11:00 AM
Hello and welcome to Debbie Reynolds – The Auction Finale! This massive two-day sale features over 800 lots from Debbie Reynolds’ legendary Hollywood collection covering the dawn of film on through Hollywood’s golden age and beyond.
Gracing these pages you will find treasures from virtually every discipline in movie making, including hundreds of costumes worn by such stars as Grace Kelly, Ingrid Bergman, Mae West, Barbara Stanwyck, Fred Astaire and Orson Welles.
Among the highlights: a host of Walter Plunkett-designed hats for Vivien Leigh as “Scarlett O’Hara” in Gone With the Wind, acquired by Debbie directly from the family of legendary producer David O. Selznick. In addition, a gorgeous Mae West black & ivory gown designed by Travis Banton from Belle of the Nineties and a period dress designed by Adrian for Ingrid Bergman in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde are being offered. A Charlie Chaplin bowler hat, Harpo Marx’s signature top hat and wig and the fur coat worn by Orson Welles in Citizen Kane are among the male wardrobe highlights.
Besides the “star” wardrobe, we are offering meticulously tailored studio gowns and wardrobe by legend- ary designers such as Adrian and Edith Head from epic films such as Romeo and Juliet (1936) and The Ten Commandments (1956) and other extravagant historical costume epics.
In addition to the beautiful costumes, Debbie had an extraordinary collection of historic motion pic- ture cameras, including Mitchell NC Standard #257 used by Universal Studios to film Dracula and Frankenstein;VistaVision #29 used by Alfred Hitchcock on To Catch a Thief, later used by Disney on Mary Poppins and borrowed by Richard Edlund to film the special effects for Star Wars and a Panavision PSR 148 used to film The Exorcist,The French Connection and Network.
Over the past 40+ years, Debbie assembled a large number of film posters and lobby cards, including possibly the only three-sheet poster from Singin’ in the Rain in existence. Also included is a large collec- tion of photography, including star portraits and movie scene stills. Not quite content with leaving any element of the movie making process untouched, Debbie acquired the contents of the 20th Century-Fox wardrobe department, including studio sewing machines, thousands of ornate, vintage buttons and other elements used to create and repair costumes, which will be offered in the sale. Original studio furnish- ings and set decoration from Hollywood’s golden age round out the collection. This sale represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire such artifacts from a Hollywood bygone era.