FULLERTON, Calif. – Items from the collection of award-winning Hollywood sound editor Milton Burrow, plus pieces from his sons, who were also in the sound business in Hollywood, will be auctioned Sunday, January 29 by Golden Sun Auctions, Inc. (formerly Appraisal & Estate Sale Specialists, Inc.), starting at noon Pacific time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
Mr. Burrow began working in the mailroom at MovieTone Studios (now Fox Studios) in 1950 but soon shifted to the sound department. Fox, Universal, Warner Brothers and Paramount all recognized his talent for precise, accurate sound design, and he forged close relationships with many of Hollywood’s biggest actors, directors and producers.
It was Clint Eastwood who gave Burrow photo stills, publicity shots and endless reels of film and sound to contribute to his own library. These are the artifacts of more than 40 years working in the film industry and more than 60 years of friendships that extended beyond his work. The collection was furthered by his sons, Neil and Scott.
The 587-lot auction is officially titled Hollywood Memorabilia, Antiques & More. Some of the expected top-selling items feature Marilyn Monroe, including a shadowbox for the 1959 movie Some Like It Hot, featuring still images from the movie showing the main characters, played by Monroe, Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis, plus a movie lobby card. The centerpiece item is a small white purse with a gold handle that is signed by all three stars. The shadowbox, which comes with a certificate of authenticity (COA), is estimated at $5,000-$10,000. A second strong Monroe item is a menu from a 1957 New Year’s Eve celebration from the Fox and Hounds Superb Dining Restaurant, signed by Monroe to “Howard.” It has an estimate of $500-$1,500.
Nine sound reels related to the 1973 horror movie The Exorcist, including many screen tests, mainly between the actress Linda Blair and director William Friedkin, as well as Mercedes McCambridge, who voiced the demon, are together estimated at $200-$8,000. Also on offer is a lot of 24 special effects audio recordings from the 1981 movie Outland. It starred Sean Connery, Peter Boyle and Frances Sternhagen, who won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. This lot has an estimate of $100-$5,000.
Lots 11-15 are individual Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reels Awards issued to Milton Burrow during the 1970s, and have estimates ranging between $200-$2,000. Equally worthy of mention is footage from the 1973 Led Zeppelin concert titled The Song Remains the Same, held on July 28 and 29 at Madison Square Garden in New York, which has an estimate of $100-$2,500.
Lots 260-266 showcase Royal Copenhagen porcelain pieces in the blue fluted Half Lace pattern – dinner, bread, dessert and salad plates, as well as cups and bowls – most dating from the 1950s-1960s. Estimates range from $100-$500.
Another standout is a set of sterling flatware for eight from Gorham in the Buttercup pattern, most having the anchor and lion mark, plus a silver teaspoon from Alvin in the Chateau Rose pattern, collectively estimated at $400-$1,000.
An 82in-tall American primitive red painted step back cupboard, made from pine and wood and having a single glass upper door with a single shelf and notches for hanging spoons, has an estimate of $500-$3,500.
The art choices are distinguished by a limited-edition print from the renowned American illustrator Norman Rockwell, titled Ye Pipe & Bowl. Originally created in 1926, the print, numbered 180/200, was signed by Rockwell in 1976 and is estimated at $200-$1,500.
Golden Sun Auctions, Inc., is always seeking quality material for future sales. To inquire about consigning a single item, an estate or a collection, you may call Dan Wilson or Suki Hilger at 714-916-8119 or email email@example.com. To learn more about Golden Sun Auctions, please visit https://www.liveauctioneers.com/auctioneer/2740/golden-sun-auctions-inc-formerly-appraisal-and-estate-sale-specialists-inc/.
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