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Even though she passed away at the end of 2021 at the age 99, Betty White remains a national treasure. White's estate sale brought in more than $4 million last weekend at Julien's Auctions, proving once and for all that the beloved comedic actress was a true "Golden Girl."

“You would be hard-pressed to find an individual as iconic and well-loved as Betty White, whose impact is absolutely multi-generational,” Martin Nolan, Executive Director of Julien’s Auctions, said after the event in which Julien's pre-auction estimates were between $400,000 to $600,000. 

“This auction represented a collection unlike anything we have ever seen before which brought in record-breaking results and thousands of Betty’s most loyal fans from all over the world who participated,” Nolan said.

Betty White

The estate of Betty White fetched more than $4 million at Julien's Auctions.

Arguably the most unusual item sold was a sunny yellow-painted front door from White's longtime Brentwood, California, residence, complete with vintage brass cat door knocker, which sold for $10,000.

Betty White front door

Knock knock. Who's there? A Betty White fan who just paid $10,000 for this front door of her Brentwood, California, home.

The biggest ticket item of the event was a director’s chair used by White during the production of "The Golden Girls," which sold for an improbable $76,800 — considerably more than the pre-auction estimate of $1,000.

Betty White's Director's Chair

Betty White's director chair from 'The Golden Girls' sold for $76,800.

In a television career that spanned seven decades, White created two of the most memorable characters in sitcom history, the playfully bawdy Sue Ann Nivens on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and the sweet but naive Rose Nylund on “The Golden Girls.” White, who described herself as "a lucky old broad," had a guest spot on “The Simpsons,” hosted “Saturday Night Live” – the oldest person ever to do so – and even appeared in a self-mocking ad for Snickers candy bars, all while charming generations of fans with humor and wit. 

Other highlights from the estate sale included:

Betty White dress

A silky lavender dress with artistic white dots worn by Betty White in 1986 publicity images for The Golden Girls (ABC, 1985-1992) sold for $32,000. 

Betty White portrait

An oil painting of Betty White (circa 1950s) wearing a red and white dress and opera gloves, in a wooden frame with a canvas border, sold for $43,750.

Betty White birthday celebration

 A documentary titled Betty White's 90th Birthday: A Tribute to America's Golden Girl, covering her birthday party, aired on NBC to mark the occasion. Art from the event, signed by numerous celebrity friends, including Mary Tyler Moore, Valerie Harper and Carol Burnett, sold for $19,200 against an estimated high of $1,200. 

Betty White necklace

A screen-worn sapphire and diamond pendant necklace, from white's personal collection of sold for $35,200. White wore the necklace on multiple episodes of 'The Golden Girls' and 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show.'

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