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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

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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

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