Agent's Treasures Hit the Market
Items from the Sue Mengers estate will go on auction in Los Angeles.
About 200 items from the estate of Sue Mengers, the legendary agent who died in October after a battle with cancer, will be auctioned by Bonhams on June 11 and 12 at the company's Los Angeles office. Mengers represented a cavalcade of stars including Faye Dunaway, Steve McQueen and Barbra Streisand and was best known in her later years for the salons she held at her John Elgin Woolf-designed Beverly Hills home, which was sold in January to showbiz attorney Allen Grubman for $6.3 million. Now, many of the items that decorated the house are up for sale, including a Flemish Baroque carved-walnut figure of a strolling minstrel that could fetch as much as $12,000, a Chinese huanghuali altar table ($30,000) and an Empire-style chest of drawers ($6,000). Philanthropist Barbara Davis, widow of mogul Marvin Davis, was a regular at Mengers' luncheons and dinners and has fond memories of gatherings with Streisand, Anjelica Huston, Diane von Furstenberg and others. "I know all of the furniture was great, I know all of the [art] pieces were great, but my eye was always on Sue," says Davis. "The most outstanding thing in the room was Sue."