MARY POPPINS Cameras, Three-Sheet SINGIN' IN THE RAIN Poster & More Set for Debbie Reynolds' Profiles in History Auction, 5/17-18
Profiles in History, the world's largest auctioneer of Hollywood memorabilia, is proud to present the third and final auction of Debbie Reynolds' Hollywood collection. 'Debbie Reynolds-The Auction Finale' will feature treasures from virtually every discipline in movie making, including hundreds of costumes worn by such stars as Grace Kelly, Ingrid Bergman, Mae West, Barbara Stanwyck and Fred Astaire.
In addition to the "star" wardrobe, Profiles in History will offer original costume designs and meticulously tailored studio gowns and wardrobe by legendary designers Adrian and Edith Head from Romeo and Juliet (MGM, 1936) and The Ten Commandments (Paramount, 1956).
Also included are cameras and other studio equipment used to film Mary Poppins, Star Wars, The French Connection and The Exorcist.
Over the past 40+ years, Debbie assembled a large collection of star portrait photography, movie scene stills, lobby cards and movie posters, including possibly the only three-sheet poster from Singin' in the Rain in existence.
Rounding out Debbie's collection are the contents of the 20th Century-Fox wardrobe department, featuring studio sewing machines, thousands of ornate, vintage buttons, rare fabric and other elements used to create and repair costumes. Original studio furnishings and set decoration from the Hollywood "Golden Age" also accompany the collection.
This sale represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire such artifacts from a Hollywood bygone era.
Auction highlights include:
- Vivien Leigh "Scarlett O'Hara" ecru lace hat with chiffon scarf and pearl hat pin from Gone With the Wind (MGM, 1939). Worn by Vivien Leigh in the memorable scene when Scarlett O'Hara and her brother-in-law Ashley Wilkes (Leslie Howard) are discovered by India Wilkes (Alicia Rhett) and Mrs. Meade (Leona Roberts) hugging each other in the mill.
- Grace Kelly "Linda Nordley" safari outfit designed by Helen Rose from Mogambo. Worn by Grace Kelly as "Linda Nordley" arriving at the priest's compound. It was also worn in the final scene of the film as she and her husband board the boat to return home in Mogambo (MGM, 1953).
- Gregory Peck "General Douglas MacArthur" military jacket and shirt from MacArthur. The dark olive wool Eisenhower style jacket with pair of stars on the epaulettes and a pair of U.S. pins on the lapel was worn by Gregory Peck as "General Douglas MacArthur" on television with the Japanese leader and when he is informed of his retirement in MacArthur (Universal, 1977).
- Harpo Marx signature vintage top hat and wig acquired directly from him. The vintage 1930's collapsible pop-open fur and felt top hat with internal attached blonde wig was acquired directly from Harpo Marx, and attributed by him to numerous appearances.
- Disney Studio's VistaVision Motion Picture Camera used to film Mary Poppins, Tron and other features through the 1980s and borrowed for use on Star Wars. This was Disney's only VistaVision camera and was used for visual effects composite shots on Mary Poppins (1964), Tron (1982) and other Disney films throughout the 1980s. Academy Award-winning visual effects genius Richard Edlund of Industrial Light & Magic borrowed this camera for use in creating the effects shots on Star Wars (1977).
- Ingrid Bergman "Ivy Peterson" period dress designed by Adrian from Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and later worn by Angela Lansbury in Gaslight. Worn by Ingrid Bergman as "Ivy Peterson" when she visits Spencer Tracy (as Dr. Jekyll) at his office in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (MGM, 1941). Three years later under the costume supervision of Irene, dark grey pleated material was added to the collar and back bodice for Angela Lansbury's Oscar-nominated role as "Nancy" when she is across the street from the house when Charles Boyer is apprehended in Gaslight (MGM, 1944).