A Vivien Leigh coral necklace worn at the Twelve Oaks barbeque in Gone With the Wind

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A Vivien Leigh coral necklace worn at the Twelve Oaks barbeque in Gone With the Wind

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A Vivien Leigh coral necklace worn at the Twelve Oaks barbeque in Gone With the Wind
MGM, 1939. Gold-plated tiered chain made with a special Russian plating technique created by Hollywood jewelry designer, Joseff, adorned with three faux-coral blossoms, the largest in the middle featuring a suspended coral teardrop pendant. According to the Joseff of Hollywood company, the center coral pieces on each side were removed at one point and the gold chain was repaired (or replaced) at some point due to damage. Joseff operated as a rental company and the piece was likely used in other productions, and thus, heavily modified.

At the Twelve Oaks barbeque in David O. Selznick's Gone With the Wind, Scarlett O'Hara not only charms every buck in the county, she manages to reveal her love for Ashley Wilkes (Leslie Howard), face his rejection, slap him in the face, encounter Rhett Butler (Clark Gable), and throw a vase at his head, all while wearing this gorgeous coral necklace. Vivien Leigh's delicate beauty and portrayal of Scarlett's spirited personality, along with the contrasting color of her green gown, highlight this exquisite necklace to perfection. Interestingly, Leigh is not wearing the necklace when she leaves Tara for the barbeque, but it appears on her neck in all the scenes at the barbeque. The necklace appears in many closeups during key moments in the development of the plot and is one of the most recognizable pieces of jewelry from the film. Accompanied by a DVD of the film.
Provenance: Treasures from the Vault: Joseff of Hollywood, Julien's Auctions, November 18, 2017, lot 310.
17 in.

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  • Please note that the necklace is coral-colored and NOT genuine coral.
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A Vivien Leigh coral necklace worn at the Twelve Oaks barbeque in Gone With the Wind
A Vivien Leigh coral necklace worn at the Twelve Oaks barbeque in Gone With the Wind
A Vivien Leigh coral necklace worn at the Twelve Oaks barbeque in Gone With the Wind
A Vivien Leigh coral necklace worn at the Twelve Oaks barbeque in Gone With the Wind
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