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Hollywood Legends Delivers Big in Massive Multi-Day Event

The Hollywood Legends: Danger, Disaster & Disco auction showcased a diverse collection of cinematic memorabilia, with the Dream Sequence Persian-Style Rug from The Big Lebowski commanding the highest bid at $50,000.

June 17, 2024

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Day 3 of Julien's and TCM's Hollywood Legends: Danger, Disaster & Disco auction closed with a hammer drop that saw iconic The Big Lebowski dream sequence rug steal the show.

Hollywood Legends: Danger, Disaster & Disco was a sprint to the finish in an exhilarating three-day event that saw more than 1200 items hit the auction block and find new homes. The auction captivated bidders and film aficionados alike, showcasing an impressive collection of memorabilia spanning decades of cinematic history, with items ranging from the iconic to the unexpected.

A refreshing highlight of the auction was the assortment of props and costumes from the James Bond franchise. Daniel Craig's James Bond: Spectre cufflinks, a symbol of 007's timeless elegance, garnered significant attention and sparked a bidding frenzy among collectors. The cufflinks ultimately sold for a notable price, reflecting the enduring popularity of the Bond character.

The auction also featured items from other action-packed franchises. Bruce Willis' "John McClane" NYPD necklace badge prop from Die Hard with a Vengeance evoked memories of the film's thrilling action sequences and sold for a respectable sum. An original clapperboard from the adrenaline-fueled movie Speed fetched an impressive $26,000, further demonstrating the long-lasting appeal of classic action films.

Martial arts enthusiasts were delighted by the inclusion of a pair of black Nunchaku, personally owned and used by the legendary Bruce Lee. This unique piece of martial arts history garnered intense interest, ultimately selling for over $45,000, a testament to Bruce Lee's enduring legacy.

However, the undisputed star of the auction was the Dream Sequence Persian-Style Rug from the cult-classic film The Big Lebowski. This iconic prop, instantly recognizable to fans of the film, commanded an astonishing $50,000 on the auction block, highlighting the enduring popularity of cult classics and the sentimental value attached to iconic props.

Marilyn Monroe, the eternal icon, once again proved her star power with a Ceil Chapman black jersey evening dress, worn in 1953, selling for a staggering $254,000 on night one kick-off auction at Nya Studios East in Hollywood, Calif.. The dress, which accompanied Monroe and Joe DiMaggio to an event hosted by Bob Hope, outshone its original estimate by eightfold.

While we're renowned for our success in selling Marilyn Monroe memorabilia, we continued our streak with Hollywood Legends. Monroe's iconic black silk taffeta cocktail dress stole the spotlight late in the evening, fetching an impressive $22,750. Other notable items included her personally owned skirt for $7,000, a brassiere lace cup liner for $9,500, a white lace brassiere for $7,500, and a 1961 black tulle heart print scarf for $25,400.

Monroe's Something's Got To Give Promptbook raked in $10,000, and the legendary actress's 1958 event-worn evening dress designed by John Moore also attracted a winning bid of $52,000 -- while even a check signed by Monroe sold for $7,000, further solidifying the value collectors place on her legacy.

The Hollywood Legends: Danger, Disaster & Disco auction was a resounding success, showcasing the enduring allure of cinematic history and the passion of collectors for owning a piece of their favorite films.

From James Bond's sophisticated cufflinks to Bruce Lee's personal Nunchaku, the auction offered a diverse and exciting array of items that captured the imagination and sparked a sense of nostalgia. It was a venerable nod to the power of cinema to transport us to other worlds and leave a lasting legacy.

We're continuing our impressive run of auctions with a special Irwin Allen Storyboards online-only event this Saturday, June 15, featuring over 190 illustrations from The Swarm, Towering Inferno, and Poseidon Adventure. These remarkable masterworks have stood the test of time, just like the films they represent – and are ready to be owned by you. Register and bid for these storyboards are truly sights to behold.

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