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The Pickfair Estate Auction Catalog
The Pickfair Estate Auction Catalog
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The Pickfair Estate Auction Catalog

The Pickfair Estate Auction

November 22nd & 23rd, 2008 at
The Beverly Hilton

This fully-illustrated color catalogue features more than 700 lots of fine & decorative art, furnishings, jewelry and memorabilia that graced the home of Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks known as “Pickfair”. The remaining items of their estate will be sold without reserve during a live televised and real-time online auction broadcast on November 22nd and 23rd at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California. The Pickfair Auction features many furnishings that can be seen in vintage Hollywood press releases and magazine pictorials in publications such as Architectural Digest, House and Garden, and the Los Angeles Times.

Some of the fabled and exotic items coming to the block include a partial Capo Di Monte Napoleon à Josephine dinnerware service (est. $8,000-$10,000), a pair of fine Chinese carved rhinoceros tusks (est. $6,000-$8,000), a Continental silver, gold, enameled and garnet encrusted small coffer which was a gift to Mary Pickford from Grand Duchess Maria of Russia (est. $3,000-$4,000), a Thai damascene silver lotus form covered urn which was a gift to Mary Pickford from the King of Siam (est. $1,000-2,000),and a pair of Adam style paint decorated armchairs (est. $1,500-$2,500).

Highlighting fine art selections in the sale are two oil on canvas still life paintings by Paul de Longpré (est. $20,000-$30,000each), a Philip Mercier painting of children in a pastoral setting (est. $25,000-$35,000) and a landscape attributed to Asher Durand (est. $15,000-$25,000). Among the many personal effects to be sold are two handmade leather bound Pickfair guest books signed by dignitaries and guests between the years of 1926-1962 (est. $8,000-$10,000), a set of Moser gilt and acid etched vanity containers (est. $1,000-$2,000), and a 14k yellow gold compact by Cartier (est. $1,200-$1,800). Pickford jewelry featured in this sale include a 14k yellow gold five charm bracelet with personal engraved messages from Buddy Rogers to Mary Pickford, (est. $1,500-$2,000), a platinum, yellow gold and white diamond ring (est. $800-$1,200), and a 14k yellow gold and diamond covered Moviga wristwatch (est. $800-$1,200).

This auction will present a special opportunity for collectors to purchase property once belonging to America’s Sweetheart from Hollywood’s Golden Age.

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