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Press Release - April 11, 2014
Personal Property From Orson Welles And Jose Ferrer Headline New York Entertainment Auction At HeritageTrove of material owned by great director includes 16mm movie camera and script pages to Citizen Kane April 26-27
NEW YORK —A trove of personal property from famed director Orson Welles and property from the Estate of José Ferrer relating to his Academy Award-winning work in the 1950 film Cyrano de Bergerac, including his Golden Globe Award, will cross the block for the first time in Heritage Auctions' Entertainment Signature Auction April 26-27 in New York.
"The rarities in this auction are simply unsurpassed," said Margaret Barrett, Director of Entertainment & Music Memorabilia at Heritage. "This is a unique opportunity to own items from these historically important film makers that have never before been offered at auction by the biggest names in this history of popular entertainment."
A variety of personal property from The Estate of Orson Welles consigned directly from his daughter, Beatrice Wells, has never before been offered to the public. Kept in storage for more than 30 years following the director and actor's death in 1985, the collection has more than 70 lots of related ephemera, film memorabilia, clothing and personal accoutrements. Two important lots include script pages and black and white film stills from Citizen Kane, which are estimated to sell for a combined $6,000+.
The collection includes items important to Welles including his Bell + Howell 16mm Movie Camera, circa 1957, used by Welles in 1962 to film his documentary The Land of Don Quixote, which is estimated to sell for $2,000+, and his personally-owned and used Smith-Corona 2200 Electric Typewriter, used daily to capture stories, scripts, and thoughts, which could sell for $1,000+.
In addition to the Golden Globe Award, a special "Alma Latina" Golden Globe for Cyrano de Bergerac, presented in honor of his performance and related to Ferrer's birthplace, is expected to sell for $2,000+, and Ferrer's Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Nomination Plaque is expected to sell for $800+. The actor's estate also offers a collection of prop swords from the movie, used during dueling scenes, valued at $1,000+, as well as a group of keybooks and costume material from the Broadway version of the story.
Among the selections of contemporary action film memorabilia include mementos consigned directly from Sir Patrick Stewart, including the three-piece suit worn during the filming of X-Men 2, estimated at $4,000+, a letterman's style jacket gifted to the actor as he voiced the character "Number One" for 1989 episode of The Simpson's, which could sell for $1,600+, and a signed action figure of Captain Jean-Luc Picard, a character Stewart played for more than 15 years.
Michael York, whose career spans more than 45 years, has consigned a number of personally-owned collectibles, including a sweater worn by Liza Minnelli in Cabaret, estimated at $1,200+, a costume he wore in Logan's Run, estimated at $4,000+, as well as items relating to his role of Basil Exposition in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery.
Highlights in the auction include, but are not limited by:
A tan, suede jacket worn by John Wayne in the 1960 United Artist classic The Alamo, may bring $20,000+.
Cecil Beaton's famous black and white photograph of Marilyn Monroe, signed by the sex symbol at the height of her career in 1956, could sell for $8,000+.
Actor James Dean's fifth-grade notebook, circa 1941 featuring his homework and numerous doodles and formerly on display at the James Dean Museum in Fairmount, Ind., could sell for $10,000+.
Property from the files of Academy Award-winning art director John DeCuir, including an important archive of paperwork related to Cleopatra, the 1963 film starting Elizabeth Taylor, estimated at $2,000, for which he won an Academy Award, plus many original oil paintings he created over the course of many decades.
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