Lucille Ball Collection Heading for Historic Auction, 7/30

Lucille Ball Collection Heading for Historic Auction, 7/30

Profiles in History, run by Joe Maddalena, is proud to announce that the Lucille Ball Collection, perhaps the finest collection of her papers, costumes and memorabilia to ever reach the market, will be up for sale at their auction, The Dreier Collection Part II, July 30th in Los Angeles.

The Dreier Lucille Ball Collection began when Chad Dreier acquired a large collection from the estate of Academy Award-winning costume designer Elois Jenssen (1922- 2004). Lucille Ball first met Jenssen in 1947 when she designed her costumes for the thriller Lured, opposite Boris Karloff. The highlight of the collection is the Lucille Ball signature Lucy Ricardo polka dot dress from I Love Lucy. Without question, this is the "Holy Grail" of all female television costumes. The importance of this costume cannot be overstated. It comes with a letter of provenance, is pictured left and is estimated to sell for $40,000 - $60,000.

Other items include, Lucille Ball's original letter invitation to Hollywood on Samuel Goldwyn stationery that started it all, it is pictured right and estimated to sell for $2,000 - $3,000; Lucille Ball's signed contract with Samuel Goldwyn for her early films, like Roman Scandals and Moulin Rouge, expected to sell for $1,000 - $1,500; Lucille Ball's striped dress suit from Fancy Pants, estimated to sell for $4,000 - $6,000; Lucille Ball's screen-worn I Love Lucy FOX stole from the third season, estimated to sell for $3,000 - $5,000; Lucille Ball's blue skirt from The Lucy Show, season five, episode ten, which co-starred John Wayne, estimated to sell for $2,000 - $3,000, all this and much more in the Lucille Ball Collection.

Founded in 1985 by Joseph Maddalena, Profiles in History is the world's largest auctioneer & dealer of original Hollywood Memorabilia, historical autographs, letters, documents, vintage signed photographs and manuscripts. Born into a family of antiques dealers in Rhode Island, Joseph "Joe" Maddalena learned early on how to turn his passion of collecting historical autographs into a career. Upon graduation from Pepperdine, Joe pursued his passion to become a full-time dealer of historical documents, and opened his first office in 1985. Profiles in History has held some of the most prestigious and successful auctions of Hollywood memorabilia and own virtually every Guinness Book record for prices of original screen-used memorabilia. Highlights from their previous auctions include the "Cowardly Lion" costume from The Wizard of Oz ($805,000); Steve McQueen's "Michael Delaney" racing suit from Le Mans ($960,000); From the history-making Debbie Reynolds Auction in June 2011, Profiles in History sold the Marilyn Monroe "Subway" Dress from The Seven Year Itch for $5.52M and the Audrey Hepburn Ascot Dress from My Fair Lady for $4.44M. In February 2012, Profiles in History arranged the sale of a pair of Judy Garland screen-used Ruby Slippers from The Wizard of Oz to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. In addition, Joe Maddalena is the star of Hollywood Treasure, which just ended its second season on Syfy. Hollywood Treasure takes viewers into the fascinating world of showbiz and pop culture memorabilia. For more information visit

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