LOS ANGELES – Property from the Estate of Robert Evans, an auction to be conducted by Julien’s on Oct. 24, celebrates the dazzling life and singular career of the legendary American film producer and studio executive Robert Evans. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.
Evans produced some of American cinema’s finest achievements and championed a new generation of commercial and artistic filmmaking from the likes of Francis Ford Coppola, Sidney Lumet, Roman Polanski, John Schlesinger and more. This exclusive auction event will take place Saturday, Oct. 24 in Beverly Hills.
On offer is a spectacular collection of the Hollywood titan’s fine and decorative art, classic cars, household items, memorabilia and awards and artifacts from Evans’ most iconic film productions such as Chinatown, The Godfather, The Godfather: Part II, Love Story, Rosemary’s Baby, Serpico and True Grit.
Many of the over 600 items owned and used by the award-winning movie mogul – known for his larger than life celebrity persona as much as his cinematic legacy – come from his Woodland estate in Beverly Hills.
Evans was discovered by actress Norma Shearer who cast him to play the role of her late husband, the film mogul Irving Thalberg, in Man of a Thousand Faces. He embarked on a brief acting career with the role of bullfighter, Pedro Romero, cast by Darryl F. Zanuck in 1957’s The Sun Also Rises, a film adaptation of Ernest Hemingway’s classic novel opposite Ava Gardner, as well as in 1959’s The Best of Everything, opposite Joan Crawford, until he discovered his true passion to work as a film producer.
Evans rose to the ranks as head of production for Paramount and turned the floundering studio into the most successful studio in Hollywood and one of Gulf-Western’s most profitable enterprises, due to the box office and critical success of his film productions.
After stepping down as production chief, Evans continued his streak of successful films as an independent producer with Marathon Man, Popeye and Urban Cowboy. In the next two decades, he produced The Cotton Club, The Two Jakes, Sliver, Jade, The Phantom, The Saint, and his last film, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.
Evans died on October 26, 2019 at the age of 89 in Beverly Hills.
Auction highlights, many of which were in Evans’ Woodland estate and appeared in the 2002 film The Kid Stays in the Picture. Included in his collection of fine art photography and paintings is a Female Nude with Raised Arm in the manner of Renoir, as well as works by Pierre-Paul Prud’hon, Helmut Newton, Guercino (Giovanni Francesco Barbieri), Bernard Buffet, Duilio Barnabe and more.
Also featured is Evans’ vast collection of fine furniture and decorative items as well as artifacts from his legendary career including a Hollywood Walk of Fame Plaque, his 1974 Golden Globe for Chinatown which he won for “Best Motion Picture/Drama,” his early draft annotated script of The Godfather, his brass “name” that hung on his Paramount Studios’ office door and much more.
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