Los Angeles – On January 26, Bonhams will hold an auction of Entertainment Memorabilia in its Los Angeles salesroom featuring many alluring items once belonging to Hollywood's award-winning elite. Items connected to film legend Katharine Hepburn include her 1990 Kennedy Centre Honours (est. $8,000-12,000), the shillelagh she used in The Corn is Green ($800-1,200), and a self-portrait of the actress in character as Coco ($800-1,200). A selection from the estate of Oscar® -winning early silver screen star Norma Shearer includes a 14k yellow gold vanity set (est. $8,000-12,000), as well as a selection of glamorous Hurrell photographs from her personal collection (estimates vary).
Bonhams is also pleased to present memorabilia from the Collection of Academy Award®-nominated actress Piper Laurie, including a library of scripts, awards, costumes and props from the actress's storied career. Of particular interest are Laurie's dress (est. $1,000-1,500) and script (est. $1,000-1,500) from The Hustler (1961), the legendary film about pool shark "Fast Eddie" Felson, which co-starred Paul Newman and earned Laurie an Oscar® nomination for Best Actress. Also on offer are props from the horror classic Carrie (1976), for which Laurie received her second Oscar® nomination, and scripts and costumes from her turn in the cult David Lynch television series Twin Peaks (1990-91), for which Laurie received a Golden Globe and multiple Emmy nominations (estimates vary).
Further auction highlights come from the estate of Dallas villain Larry Hagman, featuring his Golden Globe and Emmy award nomination certificates for his portrayal of J.R. Ewing (est. $500-700 each), his personal scripts from Dallas (estimates vary), and his director's chair (est. $500-700), as well as awards and personal items belonging to his mother, the actress Mary Martin (estimates vary).
In the rock & roll arena, Bonhams is pleased to present the Joey Covington Collection, a selection of memorabilia belonging to the late Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna drummer. Highlights include the Rogers Powertone snare drum used by Covington on Jefferson Airplane albums and live performances from 1969 to 1973 (est. $700-900) as well as other drumsticks and percussion instruments, Covington's musician's union cards, passports, rock posters, acetates, album artwork, and correspondence between Covington and other members of the Jefferson Airplane (estimates vary). Also featured in the Covington Collection are items gifted to the drummer by the family of Papa John Creach, the rock violinist who was his band mate in Jefferson Airplane, featuring one of his violins (est. $3,000-5,000), and a Gretsch Broadkaster cocktail drum used early in his career (est. $500-700), as well as records, acetates, and gold and platinum record awards received for Creach's contributions to Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship albums.
Preview days for the Entertainment Memorabilia auction are on Friday and Saturday, January 24-25.
The fully illustrated online catalogue for this auction is available at http://www.bonhams.com/auctions/21024.
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Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The present company was formed by the merger in November 2001 of Bonhams & Brooks and Phillips Son & Neale. In August 2002, the company acquired Butterfields, the principal firm of auctioneers on the West Coast of America. Today, Bonhams offers more sales than any of its rivals, through two major salerooms in London: New Bond Street and Knightsbridge; and a further three in the UK regions and Scotland. Sales are also held in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Carmel, New York and Connecticut in the USA; and Germany, France, Monaco, Hong Kong and Australia. Bonhams has a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 25 countries offering sales advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full listing of upcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments go to www.bonhams.com