Entertainment icons’ mystique live on at Julien’s auction

LOS ANGELES – Julien’s Summer Entertainment Sale includes memorabilia never before offered for sale from two of Hollywood’s most iconic celebrities – Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley. The sale will be held at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas on June 26-27, 2009.

Marilyn Monroe items include clothing from her personal and professional wardrobe and furniture from her Brentwood, Calif., hacienda-style home. Julien’s is offering a rare glimpse into Monroe’s personal life by selling items from her Brentwood home where she resided until her death.

After her death in 1962, the home at 12305 Fifth Helena in Brentwood, was purchased via auction by Dr. Gilbert Nunez. The Nunez’s thought they had ownership, but a half-dozen other realtors had also sold the house and the estate was still in probate.
A judge decided that the price of the house would be 10 percent more than the highest bid. The Nunez’s won but they ended up paying five times what the house was worth. They were given the opportunity to purchase the furniture tin the house. These pieces were in their possession until bought privately by the current owner in 1997.

Highlights: Monroe’s dining room table (estimage $10,000-$12,000), living room coffee table (estimate $8,000-$10,000), wall sconces (estimate $800-$1,000), Mexican tile table (estimate $500-$1,000), set of four living room folding benches (estimate $5,000-$7,000), Mexican framed mirror (estimate $3,000-$5,000), living room Mexican tapestry (estimate $2,000-$4,000) and other fine and decorative art pieces.

More than 150 pieces offered include items never before from Monroe’s one-time personal secretary and stylist Peter Leonardi. Among the items for sale are an orange Pucci blouse ($7,000-$9,000) seen in photographs taken of Monroe by George Barris. Andre de Dienes photographed Monroe in 1949 at Tobey Beach and those photographs, along with the umbrella ($16,000-$18,000) used in this shoot are also included in this sale.

Another icon represented in the auction is property from the life and career of Elvis Presley. Presley’s doctor and personal physician Dr. Nick has consigned more than 45 items that were gifts from Elvis such as jewelry, electronics, signed photographs, guns and books. Each of these unique pieces is accompanied by the DVD, Dr. Nick’s™ Memories of Elvis, which explains, in Dr. Nick’s own words, the history and events surrounding the gifts.

Highlights include: prescription bottles prescribed to Presley (estimate $800-$1,200 each); Dr. Nick’s medical bag (estimate $4,000-$6,000); Presley’s desk and chair made by his Uncle Vester Presley (estimate $8,000-$10,000); Presely’s copy of The Prophet with hand notations (estimate $8,000-$10,000); Elvis Presley autographed photo inscribed to “Dr. Nick” (estimate $2,000-$4,000); and many other items from Presely’s life and career.

Also included in this diverse sale are a number of rare wardrobe plot books and photographs from MGM films including National Velvet, Easter Parade and Seven Brides For Seven Brothers, each with painstaking notes regarding the design and fit of the costumes with candid photographs of the film’s stars (estimate $2,000-$6,000); an original oil painting done by Frank Sinatra (estimate $10,000-$20,000); and property from the estate of Ann Miller that includes love letters, personal correspondence and costumes spanning more than 60 years of work on television, stage and screen.

For more information, visit www.juliensauctions.com, call 818-694-8090 or e-mail darren@juliensauctions.com.