The Lauren Bacall Collection
A Preview at the Bonhams Madison Avenue Galleries

The extensive art collection of the late acclaimed actress, Lauren Bacall, will go on view to the public at the Bonhams Madison Avenue galleries in New York from 25-30 March inclusive (10.00-17.30), before being auctioned on 31 March and 1 April.

Accompanying the sale is a lavishly illustrated auction catalog, a collector's item in its own right. Numbering more than 374 pages and containing over 740 lots, the catalog includes numerous quotes by the actress, along with footnotes, vintage photographs and views of various rooms of her legendary Dakota apartment which overlooked Central Park.

Entry to the preview exhibition is by catalog only, and entry to the sale is by catalog purchase and sale registration. Priced at $50 for domestic buyers and $70 for international buyers (shipping extra), the catalog will admit two people. A hard-bound collector's edition will also be available for $100 plus shipping.

The Lauren Bacall Collection illuminates the extraordinary, instinctive taste of this most accomplished of actresses. Jewelry, faience, majolica, provincial furniture, tribal works of art, prints and paintings, all testify to her intuitive collecting sensibility. Many of the items to be auctioned graced the Los Angeles residence which Bacall 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, which she shared with second husband, Jason Robards, until 1969.

Bonhams will also be hosting a lecture presented by Christina Frank from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York (FIT) on Sunday, 29 March at 2 pm. FIT was the recipient of a generous donation of more than 700 pieces of couture by Ms. Bacall during her lifetime. The exhibition, Lauren Bacall: The Look, will take place at FIT from 3 March to 4 April, and will contain selections from Bacall's personal wardrobe, as well as from her roles on stage and screen. The lecture at Bonhams will discuss the exhibition's pieces and Ms. Bacall's own distinctive style, as well as her relationships with several of her favorite fashion designers. To attend the lecture at Bonhams New York, please RSVP as soon as possible since space is limited. Please call +1 917 206 1658, or email [email protected]

Catalogue price: *

Domestic: $50 + shipping
International: $70 + shipping

Collector's Edition
$100 + shipping

  • Purchase of the Lauren Bacall collection catalog admits two people to the exhibition

Auction Dates/Times:

March 31

Session 1: 10 am
Session 2: 2 pm

April 1

Session 1: 10 am
Session 2: 2 pm

    • Admission to the sale is by catalog purchase and sale registration.

Lauren Bacall: The Look, a lecture by Christina Frank

March 29, 2 pm

For press accreditation to view the exhibition or attend the sale, please contact Vyoma Venkataraman at 917 206 1692 [email protected]


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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