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

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