Lauren Bacall's Personal Belongings Auctioned Off
The most expensive item sold for $173,000.
On March 31 and April 1, actress Lauren Bacall's personal belongings were auctioned off at Bonhams auction house in New York over four sessions.
Among the actress' trinkets and treasures sold to winning bidders were a pair of two deer antlers that sold for $2,000 to Lee Roy Reams, an actor who appeared alongside Bacall in the 1970 Broadway musical Applause. The pair became friends following their on-stage performance.
"I lusted after them and coveted them for many years,” Reams said. "Now I have them."
According to The New York Times, telephone and online bidders from 34 countries participated in bidding on Bacall's personal items. Bonhams United States CEO Patrick Meade said items raked in three times their estimate on average, with some exceeding that.
"We had a lot of absentee bids," Meade said. "Auctioneers love to fill the room. We love the theater of the eye contact. But the world order has changed, and we’ve all been trying to get people to use the online platforms."
The most expensive item sold from Bacall's estate in the two-day period was the "American White Pelican," an engraving done by John James Audubon that sold for $173,000, which included buyer's premium. Not far behind, a $161,000 pair of landscapes by Albert Edward York sold for more than 80 times their high estimated $2,000 quote.
Other items from her personal collection taken home by bidders included wooden candlesticks; memorabilia of Humphrey Bogart and her two dogs; Democratic National Convention and Los Angeles Music Festival posters; piles of books that covered an array of topics; and a black, beaded Armani jacket that sold for $5,000.
One bidder also took home Bacall's Schlumberger 18-karat gold, diamond, amethyst and turquoise ring for $52,500, while another paid $1,000 for her used nylon Prada trolley, far less than the Hartmann steamer trunk of Mr. Bogart’s that sold for $47,500.
"I flew with Betty," Reams said, commenting on her set of four monogrammed Louis Vuitton cases that sold for $37,000. Of an old-fashioned gold-hinged box, he noted, "That’s what I used to carry her jewelry in when we were on tour. I would have loved to have had that."
The late actress died in August 2014 at the age of 89. She starred in numerous films throughout her on-camera career, including To Have and Have Not, The Big Sleep (1946), Dark Passage (1947) and Key Largo (1948)
In 1996, she scored an Oscar nomination for her supporting role in the The Mirror Has Two Faces.