Lucille Ball’s famous polka-dot dress sold for more than double the expected takeaway at a Hollywood auction.
The items were on auction at a Profiles in History sale on July 30, which also included props from The Sopranos, The Sound of Music, and Indiana Jones & The Temple of Doom.
Lucille Ball’s “Lucy Ricardo” dress was expected to fetch between $40,000 and $60,000 at auction, but ultimately sold for $168,000.
From Temple of Doom, a lot of sankara stones and a pyrotechnics bag got $72,000 and $64,000 respectively, well over their estimates.
Lucille Ball’s famous polka-dot dress sold for $168,000 at Hollywood memorabilia
A collection of costumes from The Sound of Music sold for $1.3 million. The collection included a costume worn by Julie Andrews’ character, as well as floral lederhosen worn by the Von Trapp children.
The costume worn by James Gandolfini in the final scene of The Sopranos sold for $22,000.
Steve McQueen’s Bullitt jacket and Charlie Chaplin’s “tramp” cane from modern times also commanded high selling prices.
Lastly, Judy Garland’s iconic Wizard of Oz dress sold for $360,000, which was twice its estimate.
Other Lucille Ball memorabilia was also auctioned off on August 3 at the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival, which also included a fashion show. These items included props and dresses from I Love Lucy! and other Lucille Ball / Desi Arnaz productions.
Items included Lucille Ball’s red velvet dress from Mame, her pink sequined costume from the first episode of the Milton Berle Show, and her Charlie Chaplin costume from The Lucy Show episode “Chris’ New Year’s Eve Party”.
The Sound of Music costumes have sold for $1.3 million at a Hollywood memorabilia auction in California.
The outfits included the main costume worn by lead character Maria, played by Julie Andrews.
The costume was described by auction house Profiles in History as “a heavy brown homespun Austrian-style dress with a wheat-colored homespun blouse.”
Floral lederhosen worn by the Von Trapp children also went under the hammer.
The Sound of Music costumes have sold for $1.3 million at a Hollywood memorabilia auction in California
The Sound of Music, a story of a singing Austrian family trying to escape the Nazis prior to World War II, won five Oscars in 1966.
Julie Andrews told Oprah Winfrey in a 2010 interview that the cast had no idea the film would be so successful when it was first released.
“It made my career. It was that big of a movie,” Julie Andrews said.
Other auctioned items included a painting of Tara from Gone With The Wind, used in the film’s opening sequence. It fetched $270,000.
A diving helmet from 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea sold for $75,000.
And a costume worn by James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano in his final scene of the final episode of The Sopranos, sold for $22,000.
The costume was placed in the auction before James Gandolfini died of a heart attack last month at the age of 51.
Henry River Mill Village, the American village used to portray District 12 in the film version of The Hunger Games, is going up for sale.
The run-down, coal-mining area is an abandoned textile mill from the 1920s called Henry River Mill Village in North Carolina.
The Profiles in History auction house says it will be sold for at least $1.2 million in July.
District 12 is home to the heroes of The Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen, Peeta Mellark and Gale Hawthorne.
The 72 acres of land includes 22 buildings, woodlands, hills and a pond.
It is being sold by its owner, 83-year-old Wade Shepherd, who said he had become overwhelmed when the property turned into a hot spot for Hunger Games fans coming to see the Everdeens’ shanty home and the Mellark family bakery.
Henry River Mill Village, the American village used to portray District 12 in the film version of The Hunger Games, is going up for sale
Profiles in History, which specialises in auctioning Hollywood memorabilia, says its estimate is based on the land’s value and doesn’t include any mark-up based on its ties with the film.
“It’s a really unique opportunity to take people behind the scenes of the film and book,” said auctioneer Joe Maddalena.
“When Lionsgate came to film, they didn’t have to change a thing.
“The buildings are identical and it’s really eerie when you’re there, standing in Katniss’ house.”
The uninhabited village is listed as a private property on North Carolina’s official tourism site, which promotes a four-day Hunger Games tour that includes a visit to District 12.
Visitors, however, are not allowed to explore the land on their own.
The Hunger Games is based on the first book of a science-fiction trilogy by Suzanne Collins.
It sees 24 children sent to fight to the death in an annual televised event in future nation of Panem, in which Katniss Everdeen becomes an unlikely heroine for the oppressed.
The film, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth, broke box office records after its release in March.
District 12 also plays a key role in the second book of the trilogy, Catching Fire.
The auctioneer said future owners of the village may have the opportunity to work with Lionsgate for shooting the next film.
A pair of pearl-drop earrings worn by Whitney Houston in the 1992 film “The Bodyguard” is to be sold in an auction of the late singer’s possessions.
The earrings are among several items that once belonged to Whitney Houston which are to be sold by Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills as part of their “Hollywood Legends” sale.
Other items include a black velvet dress owned by Whitney Houston and 15 other outfits worn by the pop legend.
Julien’s Auctions owner Darren Julien has revealed over 50 friends, family and former colleagues have contacted his office offering to sell items since her tragic death at the age of just 48 in February 11.
Darren Julien said: “This is something that commonly happens after somebody passes … especially someone with the status of Whitney Houston. Her items can increase 10, 20 even 30 times compared to their previous value prior to her death. These items become part of history really.
“Whitney is a legend so it’s definitely an appropriate auction for her. It’s a reason to celebrate her life, not put these items in a box under the bed … Her items are now more sought after.”
Darren Julien believes bids for Whitney Houston’s dresses will reach tens of thousands of dollars because she is someone “that will maintain a collectability” because of her incredible career.
The earrings worn by Whitney Houston in The Bodyguard are among several items that once belonged to the late singer which are to be sold by Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills as part of their “Hollywood Legends” sale
The “Hollywood Legends” auction will also include pieces that once belonged to Princess Diana, Charlie Chaplin and Charlton Heston and will take place on March 31 and April 1 at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills, California.
Whitney Houston herself was an avid collector of Hollywood memorabilia and one of her most prize possessions was a pair of Ginger Rogers’ dancing shoes which had been personally signed by the screen icon.
The shoes were given to her as a gift by David Gest for performing at the 10th Annual American Cinema Awards in 1993 on the night where Rogers was honored for Distinguished Achievement In Film.
Ginger Rogers personally signed each shoe with a note which read “to one of the greatest singers of all time, from your friend Ginger Rogers”.
David Gest, who was invited to Whitney Houston’s funeral – believes the unique item would fetch thousands of dollars if Bobbi Kristina – the singer’s child with ex-husband Bobby Brown – decided to sell the shoes.