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Johnny Carson, Steve Jobs, James Bridges & Jack Larson, Truman Capote are Some of the Many Star Highlights to be Auctioned at Julien’s Auctions

Harold Lloyd’s Rogue’s Gallery of Exclusive Hollywood Autographed Photographs Also to Be Offered


Truman Capote housed memorial ashes

Los Angeles, California – (August 17, 2016) – Julien’s Auctions, the world-record breaking auction house to the stars, has announced its highly anticipated Icons & Idols: Hollywood auction event to take place on September 23-24, 2016 in Los Angeles. This year’s Hollywood event will offer collectors and fans a chance to peek inside the lives of some of Hollywood’s most private stars. Unprecedented and certainly extraordinary are the memorial ashes of Truman Capote to be offered as one of the items in the auction. The ashes of Truman Capote are housed in a memorial Japanese carved wooden box. The ashes were kept by Joanne Carson who was one of Capote’s closest friends. She often said the ashes brought her great comfort. The box is also marked “Date of Cremation: August 28, 1984 (Estimate: $4,000-$6,000).

Rita Hayworth heels

One cannot argue the fact that privacy played a pivotal role in the personal lives of stars like Johnny Carson, Steve Jobs, Truman Capote and partners James Bridge and Jack Larson. The rarity of items from the lives of any of these well-known entertainment figures is staggering and for the first time, Julien’s Auctions will offer a selection of personal and career memorabilia from those stars and more during the Icons & Idols: Hollywood event.

Dr. Spock Star Trek ear appliance molds

One of television’s best known personalities, Johnny Carson, hosted “The Tonight Show” for thirty years. His farewell show in 1992 drew over 50 million viewers. He is often considered to be one of the most popular stars of American television. He was also known for his jokes about his marriages. Joanne Carson was the second wife of Johnny whom he married in 1963. Rare items from the Estate of Joanne Carson will be offered during the Hollywood auction event which includes the custom-made ivory silk dress with a black rose print and stunning headpiece that Joanne wore to their wedding (Estimate: $800-$1,200). Other highlights from their marriage include Joanne’s wedding ring with a personal inscription from Johnny Carson (Estimate: $200-$400); personal documents from their marriage (Estimate: $400-$600); a collection of Tonight Show films (Estimate: $1,000-$2,000); and several items signed by Johnny Carson (Estimates: Various). During their rather well-publicized marriage, Joanne also collected and enjoyed art. The auction will include forty artworks from her personal collection including a drawing by Henry Fonda (Estimate: $1,500-$2,000); a watercolor by Phyllis Diller (Estimate: $600-$800); etchings by Rembrandt (Estimate: $3,000-$5,000), May Cassatt (Estimate: $1,000-2,000), and Jim Dine (Estimate: $1,5000-$2,500); and prints by Joan Miro (Estimate: $3,000-$5,000), Pablo Picasso (Estimate: $6,000-$8,000), Alberto Giacometti (Estimate: $2,500-$3,500), and Henri Matisse (Estimate: $600-$800), among other sculptures, paintings, prints and drawings.

“The Kid” movie poster which hung in Charlie Chaplin’s office

The trailblazing writer best known for his works Breakfast at Tiffany’s and In Cold BloodTruman Capote was a frequent guest on the Tonight Show and became a very close friend of Joanne Carson. He frequently stayed with Joanne in Los Angeles, keeping a studio there in which to work and ultimately dying at her home in 1984. Included in this auction are inscribed books from Capote to Carson, artwork, jewelry, and clothing owned by Capote, as well as artwork formerly from his personal collection.

John Travolta worn “Urban Cowboy” shirt

James Bridges and Jack Larson lived in Hollywood as openly gay partners during a time when much was not said of such a relationship. With friends like Leslie Caron, Andy Warhol, Katherine Hepburn and David Hockney, they found a sanctuary of love and friendship. Bridges and Larson were two talented young men — Jack Larson, an actor known best for his role as Jimmy Olsen in the television series Adventures of Superman, was also a producer, poet and opera librettist, and James Bridges was a writer director. Among the items from their collection to be auctioned are awards, including Academy Award nomination plaques (Estimate: $2,000-$4,000); clothing, including John Travolta’s shirt from Urban Cowboy, a film they both worked on; and handwritten letters from their friends and colleagues including a collections of letters from Katherine Hepburn ($1,500-$3,000), Montgomery Clift (Estimate: $1,000-$2,000), Tab Hunter (Estimate: $1,000-$2,000), among many others. Also from the collection of Larson and Bridges is a 1921 film poster from Charlie Chaplin’s The Kid. According to Jack Larson, the poster hung in Charlie Chaplin’s office (Estimate: $30,000-$50,000).

Steve Jobs leather jacket

Other highlights of the Icons & Idols: Hollywood auction include items from the Estate of Charlton Heston, property relating to the life and career of Steve Jobs, the gown worn by Barbra Streisand to the 1968 Academy Awards (Estimate: $8,000-$10,000), a gown from Audrey Hepburn’s personal wardrobe (Estimate: $3,000-$5,000), and an array of costumes and accessories from the professional lives of Clark Gable, Lana Turner, Katherine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, Jane Russell and Elizabeth Taylor.

SNICKERS® Super Bowl dress

The auction will also celebrate pop culture and offer the white halter dress with a sunburst pleated skirt worn by actor Willem Dafoe as he portrayed a hungry Marilyn Monroe in the popular 2016 SNICKERS® Super Bowl commercial (Estimate: $2,000-$4,000). Other Monroe highlights include a Gianni Versace 1991 gown with a Warhol style pattern of alternating images of Marilyn and James Dean (Estimate: $15,000-$20,000). An identical dress is in the costume collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Al Jolson inscribed photo

In addition to the hundreds of personal and career memorabilia items from Hollywood’s biggest names, Julien’s Auctions will also offer for sale the largest and most significant autograph collection from Hollywood’s Golden Era. The Rogues Gallery Autograph Collection is the most extensive and unique autograph collection amassed by the silent film star Harold Lloyd and is comprised of the most significant figures of Hollywood’s “Golden Age.” In the 1930’s, Harold Lloyd amassed the collection by writing to the biggest public figures and movie stars asking them to mail back an inscribed photo for what would later become The Rogues Gallery.

Barbra Streisand worn dress 1960 Academy Awards

The collection offers nearly two hundred personally inscribed photos from Hollywood's most important stars including Marlene Dietrich, Clark Gable, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, John Barrymore, Jack Benny, Clara Bow, Bob Hope, Cecil B. DeMille, Errol Flynn, Boris Karloff and many more. In addition to legendary film stars, the collection includes autographed photos from icons including Babe Ruth, Calvin Coolidge, Thomas Edison, Amelia Earhart, and Helen Keller.

Katharine Hepburn letter

Harold Lloyd’s acting career rose to prominence during the silent film era and spanned 34 years of active filmmaking, over 200 comedies and one 1928 Academy Award nomination. During his long and illustrious career, Lloyd had dealings with remarkable actors and public figures placing him in a very unique position to amass such a rare collection which he delighted in showing to visitors of his famed residence Greenacres. This marks the first time this collection is being publicly offered.



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Julien’s Auctions is the world record-breaking auction house to the stars. 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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