Exclusive First Look: Lauren Bacall's Treasures Go Up for Auction
RING & EARRINGS
Estimate: Ring, $8,000-$12,000; Earrings, $7,000-$9,000
Lauren Bacall loved this amethyst, turquoise and diamond ring (left), says Jon King of New York's Bonhams auction house. She was a fan of French designer Jean Schlumberger, who created it. "Paris was her favorite city and while she was there, she would go to Hermès and Yves Saint Laurent and all the houses including Schlumberger and buy from him directly," King shares. The coordinating gems on the Schlumberger earrings (right) were designed to move with her as she moved.
ANCIENT EARTHENWARE DOG
Bacall adored her Papillon pup, Sophie, leaving $10,000 in her will to provide for her care. The actress's apartment featured prints of dogs, along with this ancient earthenware figure, created circa 100 B.C. to 250 A.D.
FAMOUS PORTRAIT SITTING
Known for his official White House portraits of Jacqueline and John F. Kennedy, artist Aaron Shikler drew this red chalk sketch of Bacall, which she "displayed in the hall, between two bedrooms," says King.
ROPEWORK BRACELET & ROSE-CUT DIAMOND NECKLACE
Estimate: Bracelet, $5,000-$7,000; Necklace, $5,000-$7,000
Bacall wore this bracelet (left) together with a similar, diamond-encrusted ropework bracelet "all the time," says King. "She liked layering and texture. That was part of her distinctive style." The antiquities-inspired 22-karat gold and diamond necklace (right) was created by Darlene de Sedle; the actress's daughter Leslie Bogart introduced her to the designer's work. According to King, Bacall "probably wore Darlene de Sedle's jewelry … almost daily."
PICASSO PLATE & JUG
Estimate: Plate, $7,000-$9,000; Jug, $6,000-$8,000
The actress hung this white, earthenware plate, called Face in a Square, in her bedroom, shares King. Meanwhile, she kept the ceramic jug, Picasso's Woman-faced wood-owl, in her dining room. King says he wouldn't be surprised if she used this jug to pour water, "because she had a small Picasso mug on her desk," he shares. "She kept all her pens in it."
DAVID HOCKNEY PRINT
Bacall was a big fan of British artist David Hockney, particularly this colorful lithograph, Two Pembroke Studio Chairs. "She also had a lot of books and posters that were inscribed to her from David Hockney," adds King.
The actress had pelicans all over her apartment, including two prints, this one by famed artist John James Audubon. "She had ashtrays in the form of pelicans and pins in the form of pelicans," King reveals. "She said the pelican was her favorite bird because the pelican possessed a sense of dignity, strength, honesty and character."
BABY GRAND PIANO
Leonard Bernstein played this Mason amp Hamlin baby grand, circa 1925, when he came to Bacall's apartment, says King. "She had lots of family photographs on top of it."
STOOL FROM GHANA, AFRICA
King estimates that Bacall "probably had five or six stools scattered throughout the apartment," after getting an education in African art while abroad filming The African Queen with [first husband] Humphrey Bogart. King says that when the actress "cooked for the crew, it heightened her awareness for tribal things. Katharine Hepburn felt the same way. At one point Lauren Bacall had given her a stool. It came back after Katharine passed away."
LOUIS VUITTON LUGGAGE
"We must have over 25 or 30 pieces of her luggage," says King. "She traveled a lot. Some are monogrammed and some are makeup cases."
Bacall kept this bronze sculpture of Bogart as one of his most famous characters, Sam Spade, in her office, says King. "It wasn't in the living areas. It is more memorabilia rather than household furniture. It has actually gotten a lot of attention already because of who it is."
CAMEL BROOCH & PENDANT EARRINGS
Estimate: Brooch, $5,000-$7,000; Earrings, $12,000-$15,000
British designer Elizabeth Gage was charged with turning an enamel camel Bacall owned into a brooch. "It's one of her favorites," King shares. The diamond and platinum earrings are Elsa Peretti for Tiffany amp Co.
HENRY MOORE SCULPTURE
"This sat on the mantle in the library," says King. "It's a smaller version of larger scale bronzes he did. She is selling six of them and she had two in the library and the rest in her bedroom. She first heard about him in the late '40s or early '50s when she was in California. She met him years later and it was hard to believe, but she was actually starstruck. He felt the way about her. They developed a very good friendship."
HER DINING ROOM
Her apartment in Manhattan's famed Dakota building is on the market for $26 million. She decorated the dining room with huge Belle époque French posters by Jules Cheret and others. "The dining table, chairs and other furniture in her apartment resemble those you might find in an English country house," adds King. "That is what she really liked because she thought it was casual."
Lauren Bacall's library
LIVING ROOM/GREAT ROOM
"She used this room primarily for entertaining on a large scale," King says. "It was extremely eclectic. Besides sculpture, she also had an African collection there. She had pewter on just about every table."
"The painting over the bed was originally in the house where she and Bogart lived in Los Angeles in the '40s and '50s. That's true with a lot of things in the apartment," says King. "The prints on the wall on either side of the bed are Henry Moore lithographs. Above the secretary to your left of the bed are David Hockney prints."