Julien’s Auctions, the world-record breaking auction house, held its blockbuster, Hollywood auction event of the season, ICONS & IDOLS: HOLLYWOOD November 16-17, 2018 at The Standard Oil Building in Beverly Hills in front of a excited crowd of collectors and fans bidding live on the floor, online and on the phone across the globe. One of Hollywood’s greatest screen goddesses of all time– Marilyn Monroe– dazzled once again with a selection of her never-before-seen, personal property hitting the auction block and made history with a new world record. Monroe’s Golden Globe award for World Film Favorite Female 1961 from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association sold for an astounding $250,000, making it the top selling Golden Globe award sold at auction. A few minutes after, another unprecedented sale took place with Monroe’s 1956 Raven Black Ford Thunderbird convertible driving to auction for the first time in history which sold for $490,000. Other iconic items connected to Monroe’s mystique that went under the hammer this weekend included the black satin blouse with matching necktie Monroe wore to a press conference at Los Angeles Airport on February 26, 1956 that sold for an $43,750, over four times its original estimate of $10,000; her copy of Playboy’s first issue with Monroe on the cover signed by publisher Hugh Hefner that sold for $32,000; Monroe’s iconic black and white checkered pants that sold for $31,250, more than three times its original estimate of $10,000; her pair of sleek and refined black pants by clothier Jax that sold for $8,960; her beige Jax top in 1960 rehearsing for the film Let’s Make Love, which sold for $11,250; her June 14, 1957-April 12, 1961 checkbook with a ledger of payees including Monroe, Arthur Miller, Ceil Chapman, Milton H. Greene, among others that sold for $10,240 five times its original estimate of $2,000; twenty-three original publicity photographs of Monroe from Love Nest, 1951 that sold for $4,480 well over its estimate of $200; her River of No Return (20th Century Fox, 1954) film worn red bloomers that sold for $11,250; various letters and acknowledgement messages that Monroe received such as a letter from poet and close friend Norman Rosten that sold for $3,520, a 1954 Christmas card from Liberace that sold for $2,187.50, a card signed by members of the Monroe Six that sold for $2,560 and more.
A show stopping collection from legendary fashion and costume designer Bob Mackie hit the auction runway with a spectacular array of the nine-time Emmy award winning icon’s ensembles worn by Cher on The Sonny and Cher Show (CBS, 1971-1974) and Cher (CBS, 1975-1976). Highlights included a colorful striped jumpsuit worn by the pop culture diva that sold for $8,960, nearly three times its original estimate of $3,000; her custom made bodysuit worn on Cher while performing “Shame, Shame, Shame” with Tina Turner that sold for $6,400 as well as Mackie’s bodysuit worn by Tina Turner in the same performance which sold for $8,960; Cher’s “Limehouse Blues” 1975 performance gown that sold for $8,960; an embellished jersey gown printed with peacocks and peacock feathers worn by a pregnant Cher for the opening number of “More Today Than Yesterday” that aired on February 15, 1976 that sold for $7,680; a marigold jersey jumpsuit worn by Cher while performing “Everyday People” that sold for $7,680 as well as Mackie’s costume illustrations of Liza Minnelli and Judy Garland that sold for $6,400 and Cher as Laverne that sold for $5,760 and more.
Another highly anticipated moment of the event was the sale of 1960s style icon and “Valley of the Dolls” star Sharon Tate’s red carpet ensembles, personal items and mod fashions that headed to the auction block for the first time. Highlights included Tate’s ivory silk moiré mini wedding dress to her marriage to Roman Polanski in 1968 that sold for $56,250, more than double its original estimate of $25,000; her lavender crepe mini dress with kimono fabric labeled “Grandpa Takes a Trip Originals” that sold for $3,750 over six times its estimate of $600; Tate’s inscribed copy of The Paradox of Acting by Denis Diderot with Masks or Faces? by William Archer (NY: Hill & Wang, 1957) that sold for $2,500; her mini dress designed by Betsey Johnson for Paraphernalia worn to the Paris premiere of The Fearless Vampire Killers in 1967 that sold for $8,750; her gold hoop earrings that sold for $3,840; a mini dress Tate was photographed wearing with Roman Polanski and Steve McQueen at a party in London in 1969 that sold for $12,800; her circa 1930s black chiffon blouse with gold lame that sold for $8,960 as well as Tate’s eye makeup, bags, photographs and more.
Other top Hollywood auction highlights included a rare collection of signatured work by Stan Lee featuring a custom bound one-of-a-kind hardcover book of the first 10 issues of The Amazing Spider-Man, Strange Tales Annual #2, and Amazing Fantasy #15 (Marvel Comics Group, 1962-1964) autographed by Lee that sold for $19,200 and Lee’s autographed copy of Amazing Fantasy #15 (Marvel Comics Group, August 1962), featuring the first appearance of Marvel’s most famous character, Spider-Man that sold for $38,400; a complete military uniform worn by Tom Hanks in his Oscar winning role as his title character in Forrest Gump (Paramount, 1994) that sold for $51,200, over seventeen times its original estimate of $3,000; Roy Rogers’ “Nelly Belle”1946 Willys-Overland Jeep that sold for $38,400; George Clooney’s bat cowl worn as the Caped Crusader in the third installment of the Batman movie franchise Batman & Robin (Warner Bros., 1997) that sold for $16,000; Jeff Bridges’ famous four-piece ensemble worn as his character The Dude, in The Big Lebowski (Polygram/Working Title, 1998) consisting of a brown cotton robe, custom green plaid shorts, V- neck T-shirt, and briefs (estimate:$8,000-$12,000) that sold for $15,625 as well as his white sleeveless coveralls worn in the film that sold for $6,400; an official U.S. patent grant certificate presented to Gustav Bucky and Albert Einstein on October 27, 1936, for new and useful improvement in light intensity self-adjusting cameras for the term of 17 years that sold for $21,250 (estimate: $3,000-$5,000); a humorous birthday card signed by HRH Princess Diana and sent to her accountant Anthony Burrage that sold for $2,560 well over its estimate of $800 and more.