WEST SWANZEY, N.H. – Part II of the living estate of Dolores Wettach Williams – the former high-fashion model, actress and third wife of Hall of Fame baseball legend Ted Williams – will be sold at auction on Saturday, May 30, by Knotty Pine Auction Service, beginning at 11 a.m. The sale will be held at 787 West Swanzey Road in West Swanzey, N.H.
“This sale is a virtual treasure trove of memorabilia from one of America’s biggest and most famous sports celebrity families,” said John Pappas of Knotty Pine Auction Service. “Dolores was a successful cover girl and professional model of the 1950s-1970s, and Ted, of course, was one of the greatest baseball players and sportsmen of all time. He was also a decorated fighter pilot in two wars.”
The auction will include hundreds of items from Dolores’ home in Putney, Vt., which she shared with Ted during their six years of marriage, from 1967-1973. Lots will include designer clothing and accessories from her modeling career, items from her movie career and other personal effects. The Ted Williams memorabilia will include items from his playing and coaching careers, and post-career items.
Lots specific to Ted’s baseball career will include balls and bats signed by him and other Hall of Fame players, obtained by Ted and family at various Hall of Fame induction ceremonies; a Red Sox team-signed baseball from the late 1960s; jackets, shirts and hats; a treasure trove of publicity photos, many showing Ted and other major sports figures of the day, some of them signed; and other items.
Original artwork will include an original acrylic on Masonite painting of Ted at bat, in the manner of LeRoy Neiman and dated 1960; a mixed media rendering of Ted by Robert Thompkins Handville; a pen-and-ink cartoon by sports illustrator Willard Mullin, featuring Ted in the panel; a mixed media work of Williams executed in 1988 by the artist Neal Portnoy; an enlargement of an original photo of Ted by noted photographer Edward Sorel; and other pieces, many inscribed to Ted.
Items specific to Mrs. Wettach Willliams’ acting career will include her test photo from the 1964 James Bond movie “Goldfinger;” her “Goldfinger” script copy, with handwritten notes in the margins; letters and correspondence from agents and industry professionals; and lots from film projects.
Also offered will be letters exchanged between Dolores and Ted – before, during and after their marriage; postcards from Ted (often signed #9 or with some other code, to guard against their theft); a rare, original 16mm film of Ted giving hitting instructions; gift items to and from Ted; Ted Williams model golf clubs and bag; handwritten speeches by Ted; handwritten correspondence; and personal family memorabilia.
For a full-color catalog of Part II of The Dolores Wettach Willliams Estate, visit www.knottypineantiques.com or call toll-free 800-352-5251.