Inkwell from My Fair Lady in Bonhams & Butterfields’ sale

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LOS ANGELES – Bonhams & Butterfields’ Dec. 9 sale features vintage film, television and rock memorabilia.

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. The inkwell was evident in a scene when Audrey Hepburn, as Eliza Doolittle, first arrives at the home of Prof. Henry Higgins to ask for assistance with losing her accent. inkwell.jpgIt is expected to bring $1,000-$1,500.

A one-sheet poster from 1961’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Paramount Pictures) features the image of Hepburn in a multi-tiered pearl necklace and black dress. It’s estimated at $2,000-$2,500.

Also up for bid is a Beatles “Butcher cover” set of four-color separations from the stereo version of the 1966 album (estimate $10,000-$15,000). The lot consists of four separate transparent mono-chromatic sheets with each individual page displaying the original image on the Yesterday…and Today album cover.

A 5-foot 7-inch humanoid/amphibious creature from the 1954 Universal horror flick The Creature from the Black Lagoon is estimated at $3,000-$5,000. The figure was created for movie theater lobby displays in Mexico, likely for its original release south of the border in 1955.

Alberto Vargas’ pencil-on-paper image depicts a lounging female wearing only a sheer robe and high heels. The work is signed and dated August 1955 and carries a $3,000-$5,000 estimate.

An original script for the 1954 holiday film White Christmas owned and used by the film’s director, Michael Curtiz, is bound in black leather. The script was consigned by Curtiz’s grandchildren and is expected to bring $3,000-$5,000.

Animation art from the estate of Disney animator Vladimir Tytla will cross the block. The collection includes a cel, animation drawings and preliminary drawings, including a celluloid image of the character “Chernabog” from Fantasia. The 1940 gouache on celluloid, a close-up of Chernabog’s face from the Night on Bald Mountain sequence, is matted and framed. The 10-inch by 12-inch work is expected to bring $600-$800.

The illustrated catalog will be available online for review and purchase at www.bonhams.com/us.

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