Press Release

For Immediate release!


The Collections of Edith Head, Phyllis Diller and Lorna Luft

March 26 thru APRIL 4, 2004

Judy Garland photograph

HOLLYWOOD - A Collection of Edith Head's costumes and original sketches designed for Hollywood's greatest stars of the Golden Era will be sold in conjunction with the collections of Phyllis Diller and Lorna Luft on is proud to present this unparalleled collection of memorabilia from three Hollywood legends. The sale showcases close to 500 items to be sold without reserve.

Phyllis Diller sketch

Famed comedian Phyllis Diller is personally offering over 150 items which showcase her signature style and celebrate her 50 years in show business. Judy Garland's daughter, Lorna Luft, is sharing a group of over 40 costumes created for the Emmy award winning television special "Life With Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows." The special won an unprecedented five Emmy awards, including Judy Davis' Emmy for her portrayal of Judy Garland in this special.

The sale will also included more than 300 pieces from Edith Head's personal collection, which she gave to her friend and colleague June Van Dyke, and have remained in the Van Dyke family until this time. This spectacular collection from Hollywood's most famous costume designer includes a wide range of items from her 58 year career in film. The sale will include over 125 original sketches, many of which are signed by Edith Head, screen-worn costumes and other costumes specially made for her fashion shows in the 1950s, 60s and 70's which featured recreations of classics created for Robert Redford and Paul Newman in "The Sting," Elizabeth Taylor in "A Place in the Sun," Audrey Hepburn in "Sabrina," Olivia de Havilland in "The Heiress," Hedy Lamarr in "Samson and Delilah," Grace Kelly in "To Catch A Thief," Audrey Hepburn in "Roman Holiday," Lucille Ball in "Facts of Life," among many others. Also included is the custom designed piece Ms. Head wore to receive her 1974 Oscar for her work on "The Sting."

The highlights from all three collections will be on exhibit March 4 through April 4 at The Hollywood Museum located in the historic Max Factor Building at 1660 N. Highland Avenue at Hollywood Boulevard. The museum is open Thursdays through Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. All are invited to attend a reception on March 27 at 6:30 p.m. with Phyllis Diller and Lorna Luft in attendance. The property will be on display and available for viewing at this time.

"We are delighted that the Museum will allow fans to view firsthand the sketches and costumes created for superstars by Edith Head in some of Hollywood's most memorable movies," said Darren Julien, whose website offers the items for sale online. Every item is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity.


Contact: Darren Julien
Office: 310-836-1818 ~ Mobile: 818-694-8090

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Collaborating with the famous and the exclusive, Julien’s Auctions produces high profile auctions in the film, music, art and sports markets. Julien’s Auctions has received international recognition for its unique and innovative auction events, which attract thousands of collectors, investors, fans and enthusiasts from around the world. Julien’s Auctions specializes in sales of iconic artifacts and notable collections including Marilyn Monroe, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Lady Gaga, Banksy, Cher, Michael Jackson, U2, Barbra Streisand, Les Paul, Neil Young, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Jimi Hendrix, Hugh Hefner, Pelé and many more.

In 2016, Julien’s realized $5 million in the historic auction of the Brazilian soccer icon, three-time World Cup Champion and FIFA Player of the Century’s collection of memorabilia, personal property and awards, which featured the sale of Pelé’s 3 World Cup Gold medals, sold for a combined total of US $970,992 (£674,300), including his 1970 World Cup winner’s medal sold for $427,100 (£346,000), which set world records for the most expensive Pelé item and the most expensive soccer medal ever sold at auction. In 2020, Julien’s shattered multiple records of sports jerseys sold at auction in the sale of a trio of historic #23 basketball jerseys worn by Michael Jordan (his historic 1984 “Signing Day” official Chicago Bulls rookie #23 which sold for $320,000, a new world record sale for a jersey worn by the 14 Time All-Star and five-time MVP legend), Barack Obama (the forty-fourth U.S. President’s 1979 #23 Punahou School jersey which sold for $192,000, a new world record selling price for a high school jersey) and Lebron James (the NBA legend’s 2003-2004 official Cleveland Cavaliers rookie year NBA jersey rookie season which sold for $128,000) which combined totaled $640,000 as well as Colin Kaepernick’s official San Francisco 49ers rookie jersey which sold for $128,000, a new world record for most expensive NFL jersey sold at auction. Other notable Sports memorabilia sold by Julien’s Auctions include Babe Ruth’s 1938 Brooklyn Dodgers coaching uniform which sold for $187,500 and NASCAR legend Richard Petty’s 1974 Dodge Charger Daytona race-winning car which sold for $500,000.

In 2016, Julien’s Auctions received its second placement in the Guinness Book of World Records for the sale of the world’s most expensive dress ever sold at auction, The Marilyn Monroe “Happy Birthday Mr. President” dress which sold for $4.8 million. Julien’s Auctions achieved placement in the Guinness Book of World Records in 2009 for the sale of Michael Jackson’s white glove, which sold for $480,000 making it the most expensive glove ever sold at auction. In 2020, Julien’s Auctions received its third Guinness Book of World Record placement for the sale of Kurt Cobain’s “MTV Unplugged” 1959 Martin D-18E acoustic-electric guitar, which sold for $6 million making it the world’s most expensive guitar ever sold at auction. In 2022, Julien’s Auctions sold the world’s second most expensive guitar ever sold at auction with Kurt Cobain’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” music video 1969 Fender Mustang electric guitar, which sold for $4.5 million.

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