Living in Los Angeles, you are exposed to a lot of movie history. Sometimes, you can take a bit of that history home with you. While I didn't make any purchases this time around, as I did when I bought Greta Garbo's green vases, I did enjoy strolling around the November Julien's Auctions display of items from their sale Property From the Golden Closet Archive.
Of course, this is but a small fragment of the 429 items for sale. However, it was a fun and interesting jaunt through Hollywood history, with some items dripping with Hollywood legend.
Michelle Pfeiffer's "Batman Returns" Cat Woman Cowl (sold for $5,120)
Elizabeth Taylor's suit from "Malice in Wonderland" (unsold)
Orson Welles' 1930s chalk stripe "Citizen Kane" Suit (sold for $25,600)
January Jones' "Mad Men" dresses - chiffon polka dot dress (unsold) and rose print sun dress (sold for $1,280)
Christina Hendricks Rolling Stone Cover Dress (sold for $3,840) and John Hamm's "Mad Men" suit (sold for $2,500)
"Blues Brothers" Ray Bans (sold for $4,160), but they were not worn in the final version of the film
Props from the Elizabeth Taylor version of "Cleopatra", individually sold for between $896 and $3,520
Charleton Heston's headpiece from "The Ten Commandments" (sold for $25,600), not to be confused with another film of the same name...
Schenti from the 1923 Cecil B. Demille version of "The Ten Commandments" (sold for $1,024)
Ivory satin dress labeled Majorie Malone, which went unsold
Maureen O'Sullivan's dress from "All I Desire" (unsold) and Ruth Roman's dress from "The Far Country" (sold for $896)
Ann Blyth's dress from "The World in His Arms" (sold for $1,152) and Yvonne de Carlo's dress from "Scarlet Angel" (sold for $1,024)
Yvonne de Carlo's dress from "Black Bart" (sold for $1,152)
Barbara Stanwyck's dress from "The Big Valley" (sold for $2,500)
Patrick Swayze's '20s ensemble from "To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar" (unsold)
and the piece de resistance...
Rudolph Valentino's suit of lights, which is the outfit worn by bullfighters, worn in his film "Blood and Sand", which sold for $51,200. This was the real reason I came as I wanted to see it in person and up close. It was designed by Travis Banton.
What a delightful afternoon spent among the stars. You can check out the Julien's Auctions website and see upcoming auctions that you too can visit prior to sale. And you never know, you might find a little treat for yourself!
Until next time,