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From Debbie, to auction

Posted by vp19 on 2011.04.06 at 11:24
Current mood: excitedexcited

Carole Lombard and other Hollywood stars are the subject of a huge array of memorabilia. And some of the most sought-after of such items are to be auctioned in June, from the collection of one of filmdom's most beloved stars:

It's Debbie Reynolds (who turned 79 last Friday -- a belated happy birthday!), shown in her 1950s days of MGM stardom. For many years, Debbie has collected memorabilia, including many costumes, with hopes of establishing a museum dedicated to classic Hollywood. Her dream never quite caught on, so Reynolds has decided to auction her collection through the Profiles in History firm. Perhaps you saw her publicize it in February on the Oprah Winfrey Show.

Well, the specifics have just been announced, and it's big. The collection has more than 20,000 original photographs, several thousand original posters and more than 3,500 costumes. About 700 of those costumes will be auctioned in part one of the sale, on June 18; the rest of the collection will be auctioned in December.

What sort of items are available? Well, here's a taste, direct from the site:

There's even Elizabeth Taylor's jockey costume from "National Velvet," long before she became Debbie's romantic rival (and eventual friend).

A 1925 painting from the Marion Davies estate and some other non-costume items will also be auctioned in June. No word on whether the Reynolds collection includes any Lombard costumes, but I'm certain Carole's represented among the photographs, and possibly the posters as well.

To learn more about the collection, and to pre-order a catalog, go to http://profilesinhistory.com/debbie-reynolds-auction/event-and-catalog-information.


bakebaker at 2011-04-06 22:11 (UTC) (Link)

Miss Reynolds

I saw Debbie in person at The Orleans hotel in N Orleans in Sept of 2000. A group of us from the Yahoo Debbie Reynolds group flew over and met there. She knew who we were, and we waited after the show..She came out into the casino accompanied by a guard..She came up to my NOSE she is so small (I am 5'5.. Interesting how BIG that kind of personality appears from the movies.. Not surprising this auction is up. I know shes lost a lot of money trying to find the right venue to display it all. And now after Elizabeth's passing.. She's doing the smart thing. Plus as she said on OPRAH she'll be living off the proceeds, could mean she will be not on the road as much.. Going to be an interesting catalogue.I get those automatically from a Fred Astaire letter my dad bought for me about 10 years ago. Would sure be nice to be able to afford even a small thing..VERY interesting tho.. Tal
xxbellemortexx at 2011-04-06 23:57 (UTC) (Link)
I think it's unfortunate that this collection (which I, personally, would love to see all of!) won't make it into a museum! Any idea why the museum idea fell through?
bakebaker at 2011-04-07 00:18 (UTC) (Link)

Possible answer..

I think since she married Harry Karl in 1970 (the Shoe Guy!), and he fiddled away her money. forcing her at one point to sleep in her CAR! ..) Debbie has been chased by financial trouble.. THAT is a chief reason she has had to be on the road all the time. She loves performing and I promise even at 69, which was when we saw her, she was REALLY something to see, even clowning for a picture I took from the second row.. I think she wanted to have the museum come to fruition more than anything, but certainly she's got a good brain still and knows its likely time she settle down. The chief asset shes got are those artifacts shes saved alll these years..So...unfortunately thats the reason behind this auction. She just could never get the backing she needed for a permanent museum. (I think its a crime too!)These things SHOULD be where people, en masse, can enjoy them..
*sigh* Tal
Ann Marie
iconotakeu at 2011-04-08 01:26 (UTC) (Link)
I wish I could make clothes like that. I agree they should be in a museum but Debbie Reynolds explained why she is selling her collection off on Oprah. As for me I would love to have them ALL but I'm sure I can't afford a single thread from that collection lol.
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