An Audrey Hepburn Collectible Highlights December Sale of Entertainment Memorabilia

. November 1, 2007 – Bonhams & Butterfields is tuning up for a star-studded holiday line-up of vintage film, television and rock memorabilia from pop culture icons and groundbreaking artists – to be offered on Sunday, December 9, 2007 in Los Angeles. Fans and collectors will be expected in the Sunset Boulevard auction rooms in search of identifiable pieces related to their favorite celebrities and entertainers.

From the 1964 Warner Bros. film My Fair Lady comes a Victorian style cut-glass inkwell composed of two individual decanters on a carved, rectangular wooden base. Throughout the Academy Award®-winning film, this prop appears on the desk of Professor Henry Higgins (played by Rex Harrison). The inkwell was especially evident in a scene when Audrey Hepburn, as Eliza Doolittle, first arrives at the Professor’s home to ask for assistance with losing her accent. Seen and used during these interior office shots, it’s in frame during the iconic scene where the familiar line “We want none of your slum prudery here, young woman!” is uttered by Harrison. The ink well is expected to bring $1,000-1,500.

A one-sheet film poster from 1961’s classic Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Paramount Pictures) features the famous image of Audrey Hepburn in a multi-tiered pearl necklace and black dress. The poster should bring $2,000 to 2,500 in December.

Also on offer is a Beatles Butcher Cover set of 4-color separations from the stereo version of the 1966 album (est. $10/15,000). The lot consists of four separate transparent mono-chromatic sheets with each individual page displaying the infamous image of the Yesterday…and Today album cover. The first sheet is the yellow version, the second is red, the third blue, and the fourth is in black. This is an original set of artwork used by the printer to create this now notorious Butcher Cover. Considered too extreme and disturbing for 1966’s tastes, the record company recalled the album and re-released it with a more clean-cut image of the “Fab Four” seated around a steamer trunk.

Also up on the block is a 5-foot 7-inch humanoid/amphibious creature from the classic 1954 Universal horror flick The Creature from the Black Lagoon (est. $3/5,000). The life-size figure was created for movie theater lobby displays in Mexico, likely for its original release south of the border in 1955.

Each of the twice-yearly entertainment memorabilia sales at Bonhams & Butterfields features collectibles from the famous – actors, directors, screenwriters, and others in “the industry,” as well as from private collectors, wardrobe houses and studios themselves. The auctions include property associated with costume designers, as well as illustrators and an original drawing by pin-up artist Alberto Vargas should interest bidders. Rendered in pencil on paper, the image, popularly referred to as a “Vargas Girl” (after his series of illustrations in Playboy Magazine), depicts a lounging female wearing only a sheer robe and high heels. Rare to auction, the work is signed and dated “August 1955” on the right (est. $3/5,000).

Bound in black leather, the original script for the 1954 holiday film White Christmas was owned and used by the film’s director, Academy Award®-winning director Michael Curtiz (he also directed classics such as Casablanca, The Adventures of Robin Hood and other prestigious celluloid works). The script, from the now-classic movie starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, and Rosemary Clooney, was consigned by Curtiz’s grandchildren and is expected to bring $3,000 to $5,000.

Additional highlights from the December sale include a one-sheet film poster from David O. Selznick’s 1939 Academy Award®-winning epic Gone with the Wind (est. $10/15,000); a one-sheet poster from The Blue Dahlia, the film noir classic starring Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake, (est. $3/5,000); a collection of handwritten letters written to a beau by a 21-year old Joan Crawford (before she’d changed her name) (est. $3/5,000); and a working script used by Frank Sinatra from the 1953 film From Here to Eternity – a role that garnered him a ‘Best Actor in a Supporting Role’ Oscar®. Bonhams & Butterfields will also offer a collection of animation cells from classic Disney films and numerous vintage film posters for movies spanning the history of cinema, many to be offered without reserve.

The illustrated catalog will be available online for review and purchase at in the weeks preceding the sale and its previews.

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