Princess Diana's Iconic Custom-Made Gowns and Audrey Hepburn's Breakfast at Tiffany's Givenchy Evening Dress Bring Over Two Million Collectively
Three-Day Hollywood Auction Blockbuster Realizes Record-Breaking Number of Registered Bidders & Participants and Record Sales
Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall's Wedding Rings Sold for $190,500 and Bacall's Bogart Gifted Whistle Bracelet Sold for $158,750
William Shatner's Captain James T. Kirk's Starfleet Command jacket from Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan Sold for $127,000
Carrie Fisher's Princess Leia Organa Slave Production Made Costume Components from Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi
Sold to her Brother, Todd Fisher, for $38,100
Beverly Hills, California - (September 8, 2023) Julien's Auctions and Turner Classic Movies (TCM) - the ultimate destination for Hollywood memorabilia auctions - held "LEGENDS: HOLLYWOOD & ROYALTY," on Wednesday, September 6th, Thursday, September 7th, and Friday, September 8th, their three-day star-studded event featuring over 1,400 artifacts from the greatest films of the Classic Era to Contemporary films spanning Sci-Fi, Action and Fantasy classics and beyond as well as a historic collection of Royal one-of-a-kind treasures including gowns personally owned and worn by Princess Diana. The sale was held in front of a live audience at Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills and online with a record-breaking number of bidders and collectors from around the world participating on Julien's Live.
Earlier this year, Julien's Auctions launched a new multimedia campaign which resulted in a record-breaking number of registered bidders and participants in this auction. This new multimedia campaign includes marketing efforts such as compelling promotional videos, newsletters, and a social media presence that give the auction house a premium feel. Via Julien's partnership with Turner Classic Movies, who showcased the event with exclusive content promoting the auction across their channel and platforms, legions of film and television fans were brought in to this historic auction to celebrate popular culture icons.
One of the most highly anticipated moments of the auction was the sale of Princess Diana's personally-owned wardrobe including custom-made gowns from world-renowned designers Bruce Oldfield and Catherine Walker.
A custom-made black velvet and ivory gown, also designed by Catherine Walker, that was worn by Princess Diana to a private event sold for $508,000, eight times its original estimate of $60,000. Catherine Walker created some of Diana's most iconic looks such as "The Elvis Dress." Walker designed gowns as well as an entire wardrobe for royal tours. The designs Walker created showcased clean lines but offered design details that could be picked up on camera and stand out. Walker was one of Princess Diana's favorite designers and created custom designs for her for over 16 years.
From a galaxy far, far away, Star Wars highlights included the sale of Ewan McGregor as "Obi-Wan Kenobi's" dueling lightsaber from Star Wars - Revenge of the Sith ($91,000). This type lightsaber prop would have been utilized for Obi-Wan's famous duel against his apprentice Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen), Count Dooku (Christopher Lee), and during a duel with General Grievous (Matthew Wood). An iconic DL-44 blaster as seen used by Harrison Ford as "Han Solo" in Star Wars - The Force Awakens also brought an impressive $39,000.
Property from the life and career of Hollywood legend Dennis Hopper featured items such as art associated with Hopper's friendship and artistic exchanges with American pop artist Ed Ruscha including a limited-edition copy of Ruscha's Some Los Angeles Apartments inscribed by the photographer and with a handwritten note by Hopper ($19,050); a limited edition Ed Ruscha Various Small Fires artist book inscribed to Dennis Hopper in pencil by Ruscha ($15,875) and a Polaroid photograph of Hopper wearing a white shirt, brown vest, and a cowboy hat taken by and signed by Andy Warhol ($26,000).
"Our latest Hollywood auction, with our esteemed marketing partner TCM, featured a number of record sales of items such as pieces owned by Princess Diana, Audrey Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, and a marquee lineup of the most recognizable pop culture artifacts from the worlds of Star Trek, Star Wars, Harry Potter and more," said Martin Nolan, Executive Director and Founder of Julien's Auctions. "Buoyed by the tremendous success of this three-day sale - which brought in a record number of registrants and bidders from across the globe - we are already busy at work in the launch of our next Hollywood auction that will be a year-end spectacular as we celebrate Julien's 20th anniversary."