Remembering Lauren Bacall
The International Preview Tour

The astonishing collection of Lauren Bacall, acclaimed actress of stage and screen, is to go on international tour prior to its auction at Bonhams New York on 31 March and 1 April. The collection, which includes work by the greatest artist of the 20th century, will be previewed in Hong Kong, London, Paris, and Los Angeles.

Bacall's fame spread throughout the world, so it is fitting that items from here collection should tour internationally. Among the items are bronze sculptures, jewelry, decorative arts, tribal works of art, prints, and paintings. The tour will begin in Hong Kong (14 - 19 January), before traveling to Paris (29 January – 3 February), the Grand Palais (4 – 5 February), London (15 – 19 February), and Los Angeles (27 February – 6 March). The entire collection will be previewed in New York from 25 – 30 March.

Many of the 750 lots to be offered at the auction graced three of Bacall's residences: the Los Angeles residence she shared with her first husband, Humphrey Bogart, her former country home in Amagansett, New York, and her final residence in New York's famed The Dakota, overlooking Central Park, which she shared with second husband, Jason Robards, until 1969.

The touring collection includes six bronze maquettes by Henry Moore, Britain's greatest 20th century sculptor and one of Bacall's favorite artists. Bacall's deep admiration of Moore began in the 1950s while she was living in Los Angeles, but they did not meet until the 1970s. Writing to Moore after their meeting, Bacall said: 'It was and will be ever a high point of my life ... [it was the] realization of a dream.' Works by other modern masters, including Picasso, Miro and Hockney, will also feature.

A wonderful collection of Bacall's jewelry is also to be offered at the auction, including many of the actress's most loved pieces, created by the legendary designer, Jean Schlumberger. Another particular highlight is an 18-carat yellow gold, enamel, cultured pearl, and rose-diamond camel brooch by the British jeweler, Elizabeth Gage, which is accompanied by the original drawing and correspondence from the jeweler, revealing a true collaboration and friendship between the Gage and Bacall.

Jon King, Vice President and Director of Business Development at Bonhams, said: 'We at Bonhams are delighted to share with the public a rare insight into the world of Lauren Bacall, the accomplished collector. Her collection is a truly a reflection of her extraordinary taste and remarkable life.'


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

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