Julien’s Auctions was founded in 2004 by Darren Julien and quickly became the leading celebrity memorabilia auction house. Collaborating with the famous they’ve had notable auctions including the likes of Bette Midler, Joan Collins, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Lady Gaga, Banksy, Cher, U2, Jimi Hendrix, Barbra Streisand, Bob Hope, Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra.
In 2009 Julien’s got into the Guinness Book of World Records for the sale of Michael Jackson’s white glove which sold for $480,000 –the most expensive glove ever sold at auction.
And they recently got in Guinness again for the sale of the world’s most expensive dress ever sold at auction, the Marilyn Monroe Happy Birthday Mr. President dress which sold for $4.81 million.
And now the Legendary Women of Hollywood auction, an extravaganza of memorabilia and rarities from the Golden Age of Hollywood to today’s modern legends, as well as a selection of never-before-seen auction firsts.
Highlights include an original Wayland Flowers “Madame” puppet, royal wedding cake from Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales, a Barbara Streisand Golden Globe preview award, as well as items related to Liza Minnelli, Joan Collins, Elizabeth Taylor, and three legendary stars; Marilyn Monroe, Lucille Ball and Mae West.
The Property From The Life And Career Of Marilyn Monroe session of the auction will feature some of the star’s film costumes and clothing worn in her most iconic roles. Highlights are three costumes worn in the Hollywood screen legend’s biggest films – Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, There’s No Business Like Show Business, and River of No Return – as well as her signature style black cocktail dress likely worn to the 1958 press conference for her blockbuster film, Some Like It Hot. Plus, personal items like bras, prescription pill bottles and cancelled checks.
The Personal Collection of Lucille Ball is somewhat less exciting than Marilyn with items from her niece, Pamela Ball-Von Pinnon, like cheap decorative pieces, housewares, clothing, gloves, jewelry and paintings. Pamela’s dad was Fred Ball, Lucy’s brother, and a longtime executive at DesiLu Productions. Lucy sent Pam her hand-me-downs that she could use or might need.
Property From The Life And Career Of Mae West auction celebrates the trailblazing career and style of the 1930s actress, singer, playwright, screenwriter, comedian, and sex symbol. The star who coined legendary one liners such as,
“When I’m good, I’m very good, but when I’m bad, I’m better.”
The auction showcases a collection of over 200 items including ornate headdresses, tiaras, jewelry, wigs, film and stage worn gowns and even the famous life preserver. During World War II servicemen had available to them a vital piece of American-made equipment for emergencies that had only been in use for a few years: an inflatable (Mae West) life preserver, courtesy of a man named Peter Markus.