Sunday, April 12, 2015

The Gone With The Wind Auction

Bid soon or it truly will be gone with the wind.

Fans of the beloved 1939 film have the chance to collect their own piece of history as collector James Tumblin offers his incredible collection of Gone With the Wind memorabilia through Heritage Auctions in Beverly Hills Sunday, April 18th and Monday, April 19th. While it makes me sad to think of these iconic items sold individually (I would love for a museum to purchase the whole lot in its entirety), here is hoping they will be preserved for generations to come.

Here are a few of the show-stopping items:

Vivien Leigh Period Dress

Fans will recall Scarlett wore this dress when she gets attacked in Shanty Town, the Rhett Butler "What a woman!" scene and when she directs workers on where to place the Wilkes & Kennedy sign at their new place of business. The two piece ensemble is estimated at $100,000-150,000.

Vivien Leigh Straw Hat

Scarlett peered from the wide brim straw hat with green velvet chin ribbon at the barbeque at Twelve Oaks and the first time she set eyes on Rhett Butler. Estimate $10,000-15,000.

Louis XV Fauteuil Chair

This looks to have a floral Aubusson fabric and was seen in Scarlett's bedroom. The chair was obtained from one of actress Debbie Reynold's auctions. What I wouldn't give for this one. Estimate $3,000-5,000.

Watercolor Painting

Twelve Oaks barbeque scene painted by Armando Seguso (Scarlett is in the '"green sprig" dress on the right) who created all of the original poster art for the film's 1939 advertising campaign.
Estimate $8,000-12,000.

Cast signed 1961 Re-Release Window Card

Various cast members signed this card most likely at a GWTW event years earlier.Estimate $3000-5000.

Vivien Leigh Black and White Photograph

Leigh is holding her Oscar taken the night she won for Best Actress in GWTW. Photograph taken by Peter Stackpole.
Estimate $1000-1500.

Pre-Production Sert Painting by Dorothea Holt

The entryway of Tara is one of 1500 plus set paintings by Holt for the film's production design. Estimate $10.000-15,000.

These are just a few of the hundreds of items. Happy bidding and if you can't afford/don't win, etc., remember tomorrow is another day. Sorry I could not resist:)

Photo Credits: MGM, Heritage Auctions

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Sinatra: All or Nothing At All

Easter Sunday promises us a few more goodies in our basket - namely, episode one of the final season of Mad Men and the documentary Sinatra: All or Nothing at All.

HBO's doc is "an up-close and personal examination of the life, music and career of the legendary entertainer." Airing Sunday, April 5th and Monday, April 6th at 8/central, the show weaves archived interviews, rarely seen footage and commentary from his nearest and dearest. Of particular interest is the singer's final 1971 "Retirement Concert" in Los Angeles. Francis Albert's  early years in Hoboken, New Jersey, his meteoric rise as singer and actor (From Here to Eternity),  his many loves - Ava Gardner and Mia Farrow to name a few - and his later years as a singer in a post Elvis/Beatles era comprise a few of the tales of this legendary singer.

What a wealth of talent and a life fully lived.

Photo Credits: People Magazine, Billboard

Monday, March 23, 2015

The Lauren Bacall Collection

The estate of the Academy Award winning film and theater actress Lauren Bacall will go on the auction block March 31st and April lst at Bonhams in New York. Among some of the 700 treasures to include gems by French jewelry designer Jean Schlumberger, British jeweler Elizabeth Gage, Henry Moore sculptures, Picasso paintings, Chanel couture and monogrammed Louis Vuitton luggage sets just to name a few. Ms. Bacall had exquisite taste and her unique items give us a window into one of the silver screen's more mysterious women. For a peek into the world of Humphrey Bogart's widow and her life at NYC's famed Dakota, take a look at Bonham's catalogue. If only those walls could talk...

With husband Humphrey Bogart in the 1946 film The Big Sleep

Bacall's entry hall in The Dakota

Her love of dogs is evident in this vignette

Drawing Room

Late 19th century needlepoint expected to fetch $600-900

Jean Schlumburger earrings

L B monogrammed Louis V luggage

Directors chair may estimated at $300-500

Whimsical Jim Dine lithograph

Black Forest Oak Hall chair and one of the many deer themed items in the collection

Bacall with her beloved dog Sophie

Photo Credits: Bonhams

Saturday, February 14, 2015

And the Oscar Goes To...

Happy Oscar Week! Sunday, February 22nd marks the 87th annual Academy Awards and as always, two of my favorite categories are Best Art Direction and Best Costume. The genres traditionally run the gamut with period films, sci-fi and musicals leading the pack. If any of the earlier awards are an indication, Grand Budapest Hotel should take home Oscar gold in both categories.

And the nominees are...Best Art Direction:

Grand Budapest Hotel

Adam Stockhausen, Production Designer
Anna Pinnock, Set Decorator

You can read more about the BAFTA and Art Director Guild award winning sets in my Architectural Digest piece here.

Mr. Turner

Suzie Davies, Production Designer
Charlotte Watts, Set Decorator

The Imitation Game

Maria Djurkovic, Production Designer

Mr. R

Dennis Gassner, Production Designer
Anna Pinnock, Set Decorator


Nathan Crowley, Production Designer
Set Decorators: Gary Fettis, Paul Healey

And the Nominees Are....Best Costume Design

Into the Woods

Milena Canonero, Costume Designer

Grand Budapest Hotel

Colleen Atwood

Inherent Vice

Mark Bridges, Costume Designer


Anna B. Shepherd and Jane Clive, Costume Designers

Mr. Turner

Jacqueline Durran, Costume Designer

Photo Credits: Disney Pictures, Bear Pictures, Sony Pictures Classics, Melinda Sue Gordon, Warner Brothers

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Things to Look Forward to in January

We all need a little something to look forward to while we hole up in the winter months -- for me that usually translates into television and movies. The following are a few of my must-sees during the month of January and here's hoping you got that extra DVD recorder or subscription to Netflix this past Christmas. You are going to need it.

Downton Abbey
Season Five
Sunday, January 4th
8/9 Central

The eagerly anticipated Season Five of the international PBS sensation premieres this Sunday. I am hoping they up their game this season as I missed the banter between  Maggie Smith and Shirley MacLaine. And things just haven't been the same since they killed off Matthew. I am guessing this might just be the last season, so get your Angliophile fix while you can.

Season Four 
Thursday, January 29th
8/9 Central

After resisting temptation the past several years, I finally became a Gladiator fanatic. Season Four ended with a cliffhanger - who has taken Olivia Pope? Is it the father or the Vice President and his gang? And will she and her Prada bag and glass of wine end up in the hole? Look for her two lovers (that would be Jake and the President) to join forces and find her. On a show where you are constantly wondering "did they really that?" and "no they didn't!" ....Thursday nights are never the same in Shondaland. I can hardly wait.

House of Cards
Season Three
Tuesday, January 27th

Here is hoping for a major blizzard the week Season Three of the popular political drama hits your Netflix account. No spoilers have leaked yet, but with President Frank Underwood and his wicked wife Claire at the helm of the country, all bets are off.

Golden Globe Awards
Sunday, January 11th

The Golden Globes are by far the best of the Hollywood awards season and also the first. Combining television and film, the awards pretty much set the tone of what to expect at the Oscars and Emmys.
Cocktails served during dinner also contribute to the hilarity of the speeches. While I love hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, nothing beats the candid delivery of the former overserved host Ricky Gervais.

The Americans
Season Three
Wednesday, January 28th

If you haven't watched The Americans (its on the FX Channel so look it up) do yourself a favor and tune in. It's the dark story of a pair of married undercover Russian spies (Keri Russell and Mathew Rhys) living in Washington during the end of the Cold War in the eighties. 

Friday, January 23rd

While the quirky film is definitely not for every film palate, the story of an eccentric art dealer (Johnny Depp) and  his sophisticated wife and international terrorist (Gwyneth Paltrow) searching for a stolen painting thought to have a Nazi code might be amusing. I have seen the advance shots of the sets and costumes which will be worth the price of the admission alone.

And there is always the new season of American Idol, The Apprentice, Girls, Nashville, Revenge, How to Commit Murder, Glee, The Following, Madam Secretary, Good Wife, etc.  And American Sniper, Selma and whatever else I missed during the Christmas sweeps at the theater. Happy viewing.

Photo Credits: Carnival Films/Masterpiece/PBS, ABC, Netflix, NBC, FX, Lionsgate