Lauren Bacall's Treasures Sell for $3.64 Million
Fans and art collectors alike scooped up everything from her baby grand to the silver candelabra she and hubby Humphrey Bogart used in their Los Angeles home
For Lauren Bacall fans, it was the chance of a lifetime.
A two-day auction of the late screen legend’s artwork and belongings – from treasured pieces of jewelry to her Louis Vuitton luggage – sold at auction Tuesday and Wednesday for $3.64 million.
The entire Lauren Bacall Collection brought in a total of $5 million after Bonhams New York auctioned off two of the actress’s prized Henry Moore bronze sculptures for more than $1.3 million in November.
“We have been humbled by the worldwide outpouring of enthusiasm for this sale,” said Bonhams vice president Jon King, who orchestrated the sale and was a friend of Bacall’s. “Bacall s legacy will live on in the homes of her countless admirers.”
The items in the sale came from the luxe apartment in New York’s famed Dakota building where Bacall lived for more than three decades until her death in August 2014 at age 89.
Among the highlights of the sale:
• Her amethyst, turquoise and diamond ring by Jean Schlumberger sold for $52,500.
• The 18K yellow gold Schlumberger ropework bracelet “she wore all the time,” says King, sold for $50,000.
• Four pieces of Louis Vuitton luggage monogrammed with her initials sold for $37,500, almost 11 times the high estimate.
• American White Pelican, a hand-colored engraving by artist and naturalist John James Audubon, sold for $173,000, almost three times its high estimate of $60,000.
• A bronze figure of Humphrey Bogart as one of his most famous characters, Sam Spade, sold for $16,250.