LOS ANGELES – Bonhams & Butterfields’ Dec. 13, 2010 entertainment memorabilia auction featured a wide variety of items related to Hollywood, rock ‘n roll and animation. Highlights included pieces connected to screen goddess Marilyn Monroe, Hattie McDaniel’s personally-owned ‘presentation copy’ script from “Gone With The Wind” and property from the Estate of Academy Award-winning® actress and Chairwoman of the Norton Simon Museum, Jennifer Jones Simon.
The highly competitive sale garnered international collector interest with dynamic bidding both on the telephones and in the Sunset Boulevard auction room. “It was a fun holiday sale that showed the strength and continuing interest in animation, Hollywood and music memorabilia. We saw strong participation from many collectors,” said Margaret Barrett, Department Head, Entertainment Memorabilia at Bonhams & Butterfields.
The top lot from the sale was a Charles Schulz Peanuts comic strip daily from May 31, 1978. The pen and ink illustration depicts Woodstock who has found the last straw for Snoopy. Estimated to bring $9,000-12,000 the iconic work sold for $19,520.
Additional Peanuts comic strip dailies included a holiday themed pen and ink illustration from Christmas Eve 1985 that featured Sally waking up Charlie Brown to explain dancing sugar plums sold for $18,300 and a pen and ink illustration dated October 1980 where Snoopy is calling out roll call sold for $12,200.
Hattie McDaniel’s personally-owned ‘presentation copy’ script from “Gone With The Wind” sold for $18,300 was also featured during the holiday sale. Gifted to McDaniel by the movie’s producer, David O. Selznick, he inscribed the inside: “for Hattie McDaniel, / who contributed / so greatly! / with gratitude / and admiration, / David O/ Selznick / Xmas, 1939.”
Highlights from the Estate of Jennifer Jones Simon included a personally owned ‘presentation copy’ script signed and gifted to her by David O. Selznick from “Duel in the Sun” sold for $8,540; her Golden Globe award for “Love Is A Many-Splendored Thing,” 1955 sold for $4,270 and the headdress worn by Jones as “Bernadette” from “The Song of Bernadette” sold for $3,416.
Also in the sale was a selection of property connected to the public life of Marilyn Monroe. Featured items included a beautiful black and white publicity photograph the star signed to a member of the Wardrobe Department at 20th Century Fox sold for $10,980; a signed contract related to the “loan out” of the star so she could work on “Bus Stop” sold for $10,980 and a limited edition portfolio of rare black and white photographs numbered and signed by Marvin Scott, 1955, 2010 sold for $6,100.
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