Julien’s to auction Joseff of Hollywood screen gems Nov. 18

Joseff of Hollywood

Gold snake chain necklace terminating in serpent head accented with simulated diamonds, rubies and an emerald, 18K, 138.4 grams gross. Created for and worn by Rita Hayworth together with matching bracelet and headpiece in ‘Down to Earth’ (Columbia, 1947). Estimate: $7,000-$9,000. Julien’s Auctions image


LOS ANGELES – Julien’s Auctions will present Joseff of Hollywood: Treasures from the Vault, an exquisite collection of over 600 unique pieces of costume jewelry and accessories, which will be sold on Saturday, Nov. 18. These exquisitely crafted pieces have appeared on film and at red carpet events, worn by Hollywood’s most glamorous stars of the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s. Absentee and Internet bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

Eugene Joseff, master jeweler to the stars, was the custom designer on over 1,000 films before his untimely death in 1948. Upon Joseff’s passing, his wife, J.C., continued the company’s relationship with Hollywood by serving as costume jeweler on over 450 films until 2006.


Joseff of Hollywood

Multistrand, tiered necklace with bezel-set simulated diamonds and amethysts, length: 19 1/2in. Worn by Vivien Leigh in ‘Gone With the Wind’ (Selznick International, 1939). Leigh wore the necklace as she portrayed Scarlett O’Hara during her honeymoon with Rhett Butler.  Estimate: $60,000-$80,000. Julien’s Auctions image


This collection encompasses exquisitely crafted pieces worn by Hollywood’s most legendary stars in some of the most iconic films of Hollywood’s golden era.


Joseff of Hollywood

Gold-and silver-plated cigar case with a horse head plaque on the lid, lined on the inside with cigar holders, 6 ½in. x 3 ½in. x 3/4in. The case is accompanied by an alternate plaque featuring a sailboat. Used by Clark Gable in ‘Gone with the Wind.’ Estimate: $40,000-$60,000. Julien’s Auctions image


A small sampling of highlights from the collection include a brooch worn by Marlene Dietrich in Shanghai Express (1932), a pair of earrings and ornaments worn by Greta Garbo in Camille (1936), a necklace worn by Vivien Leigh and a cigar case used by Clark Gable in Gone With the Wind (1939); a pair of earrings worn by Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), and a pair of earrings worn by Marilyn Monroe in Some Like it Hot (1959).


Joseff of Hollywood

Pair of gold-plated clip-on earrings featuring filigree spheres accented with simulated diamonds, stamped ‘sterling patented,’ length 2 ¾in. The earrings were worn by Marilyn Monroe in a series of Fox publicity photos used to promote the film ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes’ (20th Century, 1953). Estimate: $60,000-$80,000. Julien’s Auctions image


Additional highlights include order chains worn by Katharine Hepburn in Mary of Scotland (1936), a necklace worn by Tallulah Bankhead in A Royal Scandal (1945), a necklace worn by Judy Garland in Ziegfeld Follies (1946), a belt and pair of earrings worn by Rita Hayworth in Salome (1953), a brooch worn by Lana Turner and a medallion worn by Vincent Price in The Three Musketeers (1948).


Joseff of Hollywood

Gold-plated cuff bracelet, done using Joseff’s signature Russian plating technique, with snake accents done in relief, 2 ¼in. wide. Worn by Elizabeth Taylor in ‘Cleopatra’ (20th Century, 1963). Estimate: $5,000-7,000. Julien’s Auctions image


In this video, learn why the movie industry relied on Joseff of Hollywood to adorn stars like Rita Hayworth and Elizabeth Taylor:



In this video, view jewelry worn by Vivien Leigh in her immortal role as Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With the Wind:



For additional details on any item in the sale, email Julien’s Auctions at info@juliensauctions.com or call 310-836-1818.