Framework

Capturing the world through photography, video and multimedia

Entertainment memorabilia specialist Lucy Carr holds a Charlie Chaplin bowler hat and cane at Bonhams auction house in Hollywood. The two items have a combined auction estimate of $40,000 to $60,000.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christina House / For The Times

Andrew MacDonald helps set up entertainment memorabilia at Bonhams for Sunday's auction. More than 400 items will be on the block.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christina House / For The Times

Dana Hawkes, specialist in animation and entertainment for Bonhams, helps set up items for the auction.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christina House / For The Times

Entertainment memorabilia including a seating chart from the first Academy Awards ceremony, movie portraits and an Arthur Godfrey sport coat will be up for auction.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christina House / For The Times

Bobbleheads and other Beatles paraphernalia are among the hundreds of items up for auction.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christina House / For The Times

A pair of pants that belonged to Sammy Davis Jr. are among the items up for auction. The entertainer's suits are so small that they have to be displayed on women's and children's mannequins. .

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christina House / For The Times

Nearly 900 canceled checks of Bing Crosby's are among the items on the block. Win them and vicariously accompany the crooner on an African safari.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christina House / For The Times

Paintings by Frank Sinatra are part of the auction of Hollywood memorabilia.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christina House / For The Times

Andrew MacDonald helps set up entertainment memorabilia for the auction, expected to take about four hours.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christina House / For The Times

Dana Hawkes helps prepare for the auction under the friendly eye of "Peanuts" character Sally.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christina House / For The Times

More galleries on Framework

return to gallery

Hollywood memorabilia on the block

Pictures in the News | July 25, 2014

In today's Pictures in the News: Gaza Strip: Ten people who died in the shelling of the U.N. school shelter in Beit Hanoun, including one baby and two young boys, are taken for...   View Post»

   

Hollywood memorabilia on the block

Pictures in the News | July 15, 2014

In Tuesday's Pictures in the News, rescuers crowd a Moscow subway tunnel after a deadly derailment near the Park Pobedy station left several cars wedged into a twisted pile. At...   View Post»

   

Hollywood memorabilia on the block

Pictures in the News | June 11, 2013

In Tuesday's Pictures in the News: Los Angeles:  A gathering is held in the Leimert Park neighborhood to remember 17-year-old  shooting victim Trayvon Martin, who was...   View Post»

   

America’s go-to man in Afghanistan’s Oruzgan province

America’s go-to man in Afghanistan’s Oruzgan province

Thousands of desperately poor Afghans in remote Oruzgan province rely on warlord turned police chief Matiullah Khan for charity and protection. His presence there is equally...   View Post»

   

Hollywood memorabilia on the block

Pictures in the News | Oct. 9, 2012

Tuesday's Pictures in the News begins in Pennsylvania, where Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, left, walks into the Centre County Courthouse before...   View Post»

   

Housing the homeless

Housing the homeless

It was seven years ago that SHARE, or the Self-Help and Recovery Exchange, launched its collaborative housing program. It now has a network of more than 1,200 beds in about 200...   View Post»

   

Hollywood memorabilia on the block

North Korea's Kim Jong Il dead at 69

The funeral was held for North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, the mercurial strongman who styled himself as a "Dear Leader" while ruling over an impoverished police state, who died...   View Post»

   

Hollywood memorabilia on the block

Pictures in the News | Aug. 16, 2011

A Chinese parent protests outside a school for migrant workers' children in the suburbs of Beijing, demolished three days before the beginning of the new semester; in Acapulco,...   View Post»

   

Hollywood memorabilia on the block

Pictures in the News | April 1, 2011

Friday's Pictures in the News begins in Japan with an image of flotsam and jetsam in waters off the devastated Japanese town of Kesennuma, three weeks after the devastating...   View Post»

   

Hollywood memorabilia on the block

Pictures in the News | Feb. 14, 2011

Monday's Pictures in the News is devoted to the day -- Valentine's Day that is. We begin in China with a tender moment involving a couple that have been married for more than...   View Post»

Hollywood memorabilia on the block

Norma Shearer’s silk sheets sat for years in a Los Angeles garage, with no one to admire the embroidered monogram: NST, for Norma Shearer Thalberg.

The starlet’s Louis Vuitton steamer trunks waited in vain to voyage. One was dedicated solely to protecting Shearer’s shoes — its 30 leather-trimmed drawers bearing hand-written labels like “silvered lizard sandal evening” and “gold kid sandal evening high heels.”

This was Golden Age glamor. It was an auction house’s dream.

Bonhams on Sunset Boulevard got the call.

3 Comments

  1. November 18, 2012, 7:50 am

    Norma Shearer was NOT A "starlet," she was one of MGM's biggest stars, and one of the few who successfully transitioned from silent films to talkies. She was the spouse of Irving Thalberg, MGM's production chief. Playing against type in the 1939 film "The Women," Shearer showed her audience how versatile she could be. "The Women" is available on video and is one of the funniest films ever made.

    By: Carrot Cake Man
  2. November 18, 2012, 9:43 am

    Some "specialist", not showing respect by wearing white gloves to handle the merchandise.

    By: john
  3. November 18, 2012, 3:22 pm

    You are absolutely correct! Thank you for clearing that up.

    By: joie_g@hotmail.com

Add a comment or a question.

If you are under 13 years of age you may read this message board, but you may not participate. Here are the full legal terms you agree to by using this comment form.

Comments are moderated, and will not appear until they've been approved.

Required

Required, will not be published