Liz always looked beautiful in diamonds - a work from artist Vik Muniz's Diamond Divas series highlights single-owner Entertainment auction in Los Angeles

The Collection of Dr
Arnold Klein
23 Jan 2012
Los Angeles

Los Angeles - On January 23, 2012, the Bonhams Entertainment Department offered Property from the Collection of Dr. Arnold W. Klein in Los Angeles. Dr. Klein, the noted Beverly Hills dermatologist, philanthropist, and ultimate Hollywood insider, was for many years a close personal friend and confidant to Michael Jackson and many other celebrities.

The Collection of Dr. Arnold W. Klein featured numerous modern and contemporary works by noted artists of the period, 20th century decorative arts and entertainment memorabilia, including a Bentley once owned by Cher and items with links to Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Jackson, George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Carrie Fisher, Daryl Hannah and Bette Midler, among others.

Leading the auction was "Elizabeth Taylor, 2004" from Vik Muniz's Pictures of Diamonds series (sold for $98,500). Having made his reputation working with "found objects," Vik Muniz produced the series using more than 550 carats of diamonds. The result was the Pictures of Diamonds series that featured portraits of legendary Hollywood stars.

Further items of note were a suite of Gianni Versace furnishings gifted by Taylor to Dr. Klein, which was led by a pair of carved giltwood, painted and upholstered open armchairs in the Louis XV taste (est. $2,000-3,000, sold for $10,000) and a mahogany, parcel-gilt and ebonized wood and upholstered divan (est. $800-1,200, sold for $6,250).

The Entertainment Memorabilia section of the auction was highlighted by a 2005 Bentley Continental GT twin turbo 6.0-litre W12 (est. $80,000-120,000, sold for $80,500). Formerly owned by Cher, the Bentley exhibits all the characteristics of a luxury coupe and retains her heart-shaped necklace hanging from the rear view mirror.

Also of note within the Entertainment offering was a prop sword used onscreen during the filming of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" series (est. $2,000-4,000, sold for $4,375); a Million Dollar Rock slot-machine from Neverland Valley Ranch (est. $1,500-2,000, sold for $3,500); a geometric Versace shirt (est. $300-400, sold for $1,500) and a Disneyland jacket (est. $2,000-3,000, sold for $2,250) once owned by Jackson; a signed copy of George Harrison's second solo album titled "Somewhere in England" (est. $300-500, sold for $1,125) that was recorded during the year of John Lennon's tragic murder and an elaborately decorated table previously owned by Bette Midler and Daryl Hannah (est. $1,000-2,000, sold for $1,250), among others.

Of the many important works of contemporary art offered, significant prices were achieved for an acrylic painting on canvas titled "Andy Warhol, Flowers, 1964, 1965" by Richard Pettibone (est. $20,000-30,000, sold for $18,750); a gelatin silver print titled "Kyle and Laine Carson, Golden Beach, Florida, 2000" by Bruce Weber (est. $700-1,000, sold for $4,750); a gelatin silver print titled "Marty Gibson, 1982" set in a studio by Robert Mapplethorpe, dated and annotated "For Marty" by the photographer (est. $3,000-5,000, sold for $4,000) and a second gelatin silver print titled "Marty Gibson, 1982" set on a beach by Robert Mapplethorpe, dated and annotated "For Marty" by the photographer (est. $3,000-5,000, sold for $3,125).

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