JULIEN'S AUCTIONS ANNOUNCES PROPERTY FROM JOSEFF OF HOLLYWOOD: TREASURES FROM THE VAULT
Over 500 Pieces of Jewelry Worn by Screen Legends of Hollywood's Golden Era: Vivien Leigh, Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, Judy Garland, Grace Kelly and More at Never-Before-Seen Rare Collection
Friday, November 17, 2017 – Saturday, November 18, 2017
Los Angeles, California – (September 12, 2017) –Julien’s Auctions, the world record-breaking auction house, announced today the full catalogue of items with pre-sale estimates of their highly anticipated 2 day event Property from JOSEFF OF HOLLYWOOD: Treasures from the Vault, taking place November 17-18, 2017 live online and in Los Angeles. (photo left: Marilyn Monroe earrings worn in a studio publicity portrait used to promote “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes”) Legendary stars such as Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, Marlene Dietrich, Rita Hayworth, Vivien Leigh, Judy Garland and Grace Kelly are among the impressive list of Hollywood’s luminaries who wore the master jeweler’s designs on screen and on the red carpet. Over 500 pieces will be coming out of the vaults and heading to the auction block for the first time, where the public will have the opportunity to bid for a piece of jewelry and Hollywood history. (photo right: Elizabeth Taylor worn snake cuff bracelet in “Cleopatra”).
Highlights include a “diamond” choker necklace worn by Judy Garland in the “Ziegfeld Follies” (1946) (estimate: $15,000-$20,000) and Mae West in “The Heat’s On (1943); gold-plated, chandelier earrings with simulated pearls worn by Grace Kelly in promotion of “High Society” (1956) (estimate: $10,000-$15,000) (shown in photo right:) 18 karat yellow gold cuff snake bracelet (estimate: $8,000-$12,000), matching necklace (estimate: $6,000-$8,000) and headpiece (estimate: $5,000-$7,000) worn by Rita Hayworth in “Down to Earth” (1947); the “topaz” jeweled bib necklace called “the most spectacular necklace in the world” worn by Ona Munson in “The Shanghai Gesture” (estimate: $6,000-$8,000) (1941) ; the snake cuff bracelet worn by Elizabeth Taylor as “Cleopatra” (estimate: $5,000-$7,000) (1963); a link chain necklace with a falcon pendant worn by Errol Flynn in “The Adventures of Don Juan” (1948) (estimate: $5,000-$7,000); a simulated diamond evening necklace worn by Norma Shearer in “Marie Antoinette” (1938) which is one of the most versatile and frequently used pieces in the entire collection (estimate: $5,000-$7,000); a simulated diamond and sapphire winged brooch worn by Marlene Dietrich in a studio publicity portrait used to promote “Destry Rides Again” (1939) (estimate: $5,000-$7,000); a gold-plated Tudor-style, simulated pearl necklace worn by Bette Davis in “The Virgin Queen” (1955) (estimate: $4,000-$6,000); a simulated diamond brooch worn by Bette Davis in “All About Eve” (1950) (estimate: $6,000-$8,000); gold plated bell earrings worn by Ona Munson in her portrayal of Belle Watling in “Gone With The Wind” (1939) (estimate: $4,000-$6,000) (shown in photo right); “diamond” evening star necklace (estimate: $4,000-$6,000) and “diamond” star earrings (estimate: $3,000-$5,000) worn by Greta Garbo in “Camille” (1937); a snake belt with simulated emerald designed for Elizabeth Taylor for the film “Cleopatra” that was never worn or appeared on screen (1963) (estimate: $3,000-$5,000); the silver-plated “N” necklace with simulated diamonds worn by Vivien Leigh in “That Hamilton Woman” (1941) (estimate: $3,000-$5,000); a simulated diamond and aquamarine costume ornament worn by Jean Harlow in “Libeled Lady” (1936) (estimate: $3,000-$5,000); order chain worn by Katharine Hepburn in “Mary of Scotland” (1936) (estimate: $3,000-$5,000); a gold-plated bracelet worn by Rita Hayworth in “Gilda” (1946) (estimate: $2,500-$3,500); a simulated ruby and diamond necklace worn by Lucille Ball in “Mame” (1974) (estimate: $2,000-$3,000); a silver-plated arm cuff worn by Tony Curtis in his first film as a star, “The Prince Who Was a Thief” (1951) (estimate: $2,000-$3,000) and hundreds of other spectacular pieces worn by Joan Crawford, Ava Gardner, Olivia de Havilland, Betty Grable, Ginger Rogers, Barbara Stanwyck, Lana Turner, Shirley Temple, Vincent Price, Carole Lombard, Esther Williams, Tallulah Bankhead, Rosalind Russell, Loretta Young, Lauren Bacall, Shirley MacLaine and more.
“The Joseff Collection that has been consigned to Julien’s Auctions is the single most important collection of film-worn jewelry ever to come to the market,” said Martin Nolan, Executive Director of Julien’s Auctions. “This historic cache, stored in a Hollywood warehouse for decades is the very stuff of Hollywood history and legend. This is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity to own a piece of film history that was designed and manufactured to dazzle, as each piece had to compete with the wearer, the most beautiful women in the world.”
Highlights include the necklace worn by Vivien Leigh and cigar case used by Clark Gable in “Gone With the Wind” (1939); earrings worn by Marilyn Monroe in “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” (1953); necklaces worn by Bette Davis in “The Virgin Queen” (1955); brooch worn by Marlene Dietrich in “Shanghai Express” (1932); Loretta Young’s crown and comb from “Suez” (1938); earrings worn by Marilyn Monroe in “Some Like it Hot” (1959); necklace, earrings and ornaments worn by Greta Garbo in “Camille” (1936); Order chains worn by Katherine Hepburn in “Mary of Scotland” (1936); necklace worn by Judy Garland in the “Ziegfeld Follies” (1946); a brooch worn by Lana Turner and medallion worn by Vincent Price in “The Three Musketeers” (1948) and a necklace worn by Olivia de Havilland in “My Cousin Rachel” (1952).
Joseff’s works lit up the red carpet and big screen and for the first time made jewelry an essential part of the characters' costumes. A former advertising exec turned Hollywood showman, Eugene Joseff fell into the designer crowd of Walter Plunkett, Adrian and Edith Head, where he created historically accurate looking pieces by hand with a special antiqued plating technique specifically designed to soften the glare of the harsh studio lighting and give every piece a veneer of authenticity. (photo left: Eugene Joseff and actress Katherine Wilson). His innovative approach to jewelry (a recipe that is still a family secret to this day) and business model of renting and loaning his pieces to Hollywood studios (an industry first) made Joseff a celebrity and a successful businessman with the founding of Precision Investment Castings, the successful jet-parts company the Joseff family is still running today. Tragically, Joseff died in a plane crash in 1948 and his wife and business partner J.C. managed all of the businesses until her passing at the age of 97 in 2010, eventually earning an Honorary Lifetime Achievement Award from the Women of Motion Picture Industry.
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