Raincoat From 'Harold and Maude' Offered in Bonhams 'TCM Presents... Little treasures' Online Auction

Harold (Bud Cort) is a wealthy but lost young man, who is obsessed with death, and Maude (Ruth Gordon) is a 79-year-old holocaust survivor with a lust for life. Hal Ashby's Harold and Maude (1971) gave us perhaps cinema's most absurd coupling, and it became an enduring cult classic, exploring the nuances between light and dark. Ruth Gordon's rain slicker and hat, worn by her character Maude in the film, as well as by Gordon in her personal life up until her death in 1985, is one of the lots offered at Bonhams 'TCM Presents... Little Treasures' online auction. The sale is currently live on bonhams.com and ends June 29 at 10:00 PST. It has an estimate of $3,000-5,000.

Bonhams specialist Catherine Williamson commented; "Ruth Gordon already enjoyed a long and illustrious career – which included an Academy Award win for Best Supporting Actress for her role in as Minnie, the Woodhouses' sinister elderly next-door neighbor, in Rosemary's Baby (1968) – before taking on the role of the free-spirted Maude in Hal Ashby's cult classic. Her character's bright yellow raincoat is one of the visual signifiers of Maude's personality, and the impact that the character's positive outlook has on Harold's existentialist one. The film, with its ultimately uplifting message, still resonates, and this is a unique opportunity to own a recognizable piece of this beloved cult classic."

Gordon can also be seen wearing the slicker on the back cover of her autobiography My Side (1976), a signed copy of which is included with the lot. Also included is the original Ruth Gordon Estate catalogue in which the rain slicker was sold, the original lot tag, and an 8 x 10-inch photograph of Gordon wearing the slicker.

Other sale highlights include:

• A Marlon Brando Personally Owned Makeup Case, from the Collection of Noah Wyle. Estimate: $10,000 - 15,000.
• A Golden Globe Award® For Spartacus. Estimate: $10,000 - 15,000. Writer and Producer Edward Lewis had trained as a dentist before turning his talents to writing and producing. His first big-screen production was the Kirk Douglas epic Spartacus, which won Lewis a Golden Globe® for best picture. Lewis effectively ended the blacklist in Hollywood by hiring writer Dalton Trumbo and "fronting" for him, only revealing the ruse to Universal at the end of production.
• A Marlon Brando Personally Owned and worn Satin Kimono, From the Collection of Noah Wyle. Estimate: $2,000 - 3,000.

The sale will also feature 25 lots from The Sporting Collection of James Garner

James Garner (1928 –2014) was a Hollywood icon, who stared in more than 50 films, including The Great Escape (1963), Victor/Victoria (1982), Murphy's Romance (1985) – for which he received an Academy Award nomination – Space Cowboys (2000) and The Notebook (2004). Garner was also a keen sports fan and a star athlete, who attempted a semi-pro career in both baseball and golf before turning to acting in his mid-twenties. Throughout his long career in film and television, he was a popular figure on the celebrity pro-am golf circuit, playing with such luminaries as Sam Snead (who was impressed with his swing), Bing Crosby, and Michael Douglas, to name but a few. He was also a noted humanitarian.

Featuring a range of personal items and sporting memorabilia, 100% of the proceeds from the sale of these lots will go to The James Garner Animal Rescue Fund. For more details, go to jgarf.org.

Highlights include:

• A James Garner Peace Missile Golf Club Gifted to Him by President Clinton, with a Signed Photograph. Estimate: $1,500 - 2,000. Peace Missile driver golf club (made from Russian nuclear missile parts) with black knit club cover with "Peace Missile" embroidery; together with an 8 x 10 in. color photograph of Garner and President Bill Clinton on the links, inscribed, "To James Garner / with best wishes [in calligraphy writing which then continues in Clinton's handwriting],/ & thanks for a / great day- / Bill Clinton."
• A James Garner set of Golf Clubs and a Case from the "Michael Douglas & Friends Celebrity Golf Tournament". Estimate: $1,000 - 2,000.
• A James Garner Monogrammed Gucci Backgammon Set. Estimate: $500 – 700.
• A James Garner Baseball Uniform From the 1967 First Annual All-Star Celebrity Softball Game. Estimate: $700 – 900.


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