LOS ANGELES – Julien’s Auctions will conduct a star-studded Legends sale on June 13 and 14 at the Standard Oil Building in Beverly Hills. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.
June 1 would have marked the 93rd birthday of Marilyn Monroe, and her mystique and legend as Hollywood’s most desirable screen siren, sex symbol and pop culture icon continue to fascinate, while her collection of personal and professional items never fails to excite when they appear on the auction stage.
Her famous signature looks, dazzling jewelry and ephemera tied to the Marilyn mystique are here including her iconic bathrobe worn in her role as Pola Debevoise in How to Marry a Millionaire (20th Century, 1953) (estimate: $20,000-$40,000); the two-piece period costume she wore in one of her earliest roles as a chorus girl in the film Ticket to Tomahawk (above; estimate: $40,000-$60,000); her pair of ear clips with three strands of teardrop-shaped rhinestones (below; estimate: $30,000-$40,000) and her six-stranded iridescent crystal necklace in purple and green (estimate: $10,000-$20,000); a “Rudi Gernreich Design for Walter Bass” black chiffon overblouse with dolman sleeves and an elastic waistband (estimate: $15,000-$20,000).
The enduring legacy of Stan Lee, the creator, writer, editor and publisher behind some of the most iconic Marvel Comics characters, including Spider-Man, Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk, Black Panther and Fantastic Four among others, continues to shape Hollywood’s film landscape and pop culture. Julien’s Hollywood Legends will feature a collection of 25 important items related to the titan including original sketches, artwork, original comic books signed by Lee, photographs and more.
The sweeping Golden Age of Hollywood epic, Gone with the Wind (MGM, 1939), remains the reigning highest-grossing movie of all time. Numerous original production documents, negatives and contact sheets from the film starring Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable, will be offered including never before seen photographs taken by studio photographer Fred Parrish. The over 800 images feature behind-the-scenes and candid shots of the film production with a variety showing the actors in costume with their family, friends or crew next to them wearing 1939-era clothing along with the film producer David O. Selznick, director Victor Fleming, and technicians, crew and extras on the set (estimate: $6,000-$8,000).
Another set of never before seen negatives and photographs comes from the other greatest film of all time, The Wizard of Oz, also directed by Victor Fleming. A group of black and white negatives taken on the 1939 set depicting crew members standing by the grand entrance to the Royal Palace of Oz, a flying monkey smashing through a window as well as original black and white photographs featuring the four main stars Judy Garland as “Dorothy,” Bert Lahr as “The Cowardly Lion,” Ray Bolger as “The Scarecrow,” and Jack Hale as “The Tin Man” will add tremendous value to any serious Hollywood memorabilia curator’s collection.
The King of Cool, Steve McQueen’s movie star aura and rebel persona is forever immortalized with the many Indian motorcycles that he owned, raced and collected. It is by no coincidence that McQueen’s association with and adulation of Indian motorcycles resulted in the purchase of a Silver King bicycle which represented a piece of early bicycle/motorcycle history for his personal collection. This circa 1890s black bicycle with a hand-painted plaque that reads “Steve McQueen” on both sides was partially restored by McQueen in the 1970s and designed by Hendee & Nelson Manufacturing Co., which was the predecessor to what became the Indian Motorcycle Co. (estimate: $20,000-$30,000).
Other auction highlights include a 2008 Ford Mustang GT “K.I.T.T.” from the television show Knight Rider ($50,000-$60,000); a two-piece Tom Ford dinner suit worn by Daniel Craig as James Bond in Spectre (Columbia, 2015) (estimate: $30,000-$50,000); Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine claws worn in X-Men: The Last Stand (20th Century Fox, 2006) (estimate: $20,000-$30,000); and a blue Superman tunic with the red and gold Superman “S” symbol on the chest worn by Christopher Reeve in Superman (Warner Bros., 1978) (estimate: $10,000-$15,000).
Marlon Brando’s owned 1969 Harley Davidson motorcycle is expected to top out at $80,000. Al Pacino’s two-piece tan checkered suit in his iconic role as Michael Corleone in The Godfather: Part II (Paramount, 1974) has a $20,000-$30,000 estimate.
“Julien’s Auctions is proud to present this spectacular collection of memorabilia associated with some of the most definitive entertainment and pop culture landmarks and legends of all time,” said Darren Julien, president/chief executive officer of Julien’s Auctions. “From Hollywood’s Golden Age to today’s modern film and cult classics, these iconic pieces from legends such as Marilyn Monroe, Steve McQueen and Stan Lee and historic, never before seen photographs from Gone with the Wind and The Wizard of Oz make this the don’t miss Hollywood auction event of the season.”