The collecting world has been buzzing since it was announced Christie’s would sell Debbie Reynolds‘ vast Hollywood memorabilia collection next year. The collection is the penultimate grouping of Hollywood couture, costumes and artifacts ever assembled.
Reynolds started collecting the items at age 30, defying critics who called the items – ranging from a pair of original ruby red slippers from “The Wizard of Oz” to movie posters to thousands of movie costumes – “dusty old junk.” The collection became the cornerstone of the Debbie Reynolds Hollywood Motion Picture Museum.
In its Oct. 13 issue, appraiser, auctioneer and author Caroline Ashleigh talks with Antique Trader magazine about the collection. Ashleigh once filmed a television segment devoted to the movie props collection and the museum with Reynolds’ son and spokesman Todd Fisher, president of the Hollywood Motion Picture and Television Museum. When the footage was shot Ashleigh and Fisher gave “Antiques Roadshow”
the grand tour and placed its value at an astonishing $50 million.
Ashleigh also pays respect to Reynolds’ visionary approach to the costumes at her newly launched blog.
“[Reynolds] really protected those Hollywood costumes,” she told Antique Trader. “To me that’s part of our collective cultural heritage. As such, she was really the keeper of the dreams.”
Ashleigh, whose new book Warman’s Shoes Field Guide debuted this year, said the auction would be a landmark event for both bidders and the entertainment industry. It’s important buyers take time to consider Reynolds’ significant investment to care for the artifacts.
“To protect and preserve these items was such a huge effort,” Ashleigh said. “We owe her a tremendous debt of gratitude.”
Read more over at Caroline’s fantastic new antiques blog. The blog is home to more on Hollywood and movie star memorabilia including those who give a damn about Scarlett O’Hara’s dresses and Audrey Hepburn’s little black dress.
-posted by Eric.
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