Film & TV
ICONS: RSVP FOR THE EXHIBITION IN HONG KONG
RSVP to join us in Hong Kong at The Fringe Club, January 27th - February 1st
January 26, 2024
The exhibition showcases a stunning collection of artifacts from the early life of the legendary magazine founder to the Playboy era's heyday, direct from Hugh Hefner's Playboy Headquarters and Mansion, and personal property consisting of film wardrobe, photographs, documents and ephemera from the incandescent life of Marilyn Monroe, provokes a gaze at the two icon's life and times particularly in the 1950s and early 1960s during the height of their fame and influence on American pop culture, as well as on each other's careers.
Anita Chan Lai-ling Gallery, Fringe Club 藝穗會陳麗玲畫廊
2 Lower Albert Road 中環下亞厘畢道二號 Hong Kong 香港, HKI Hong Kong
27 Jan - 1 Feb 2024
11am - 7pm
(Closed at 3pm on 1 Feb)
Original “Playboy Bunny” Silkscreen
Behold the captivating creation of none other than the iconic Andy Warhol, the American visionary whose artistic genius knew no bounds. This vibrant and electrifying acrylic and silkscreen ink on canvas titled "Playboy Bunny," dating back to the dazzling year of 1985. In this captivating work, Warhol's boundless imagination bursts forth onto the canvas, fusing pop culture and artistry in his unmistakable style. The colors leap from the canvas, each hue a testament to Warhol's brilliance. The meticulous use of silk screen ink adds a layer of intrigue and depth to the piece, a technique that Warhol pioneered and perfected. Let this work transport you to a time where sophistication and creativity intersects with the pop art of its time, and where Andy Warhol's legacy as an artistic visionary continues to shine brilliantly.
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Classic Smoking Jacket, Silk Pajamas, Slippers & Pipe
Hugh Hefner's personal style and lifestyle choices became trendsetting. This ensemble is not just a piece of history; it's a slice of the Hef's glamorous lifestyle set new standards for luxury and leisure during the eras of the '60s, '70s, and '80s. Slip into his shoes (or slippers, rather) and imagine what it was like to lounge in the lap of luxury, and be the visionary and icon he defined.
$2,000 - $3,000
Seven Year Itch Gown
A fabulous, Mae West-inspired evening gown with a touch of black magic and cellophane glamour! Legendary costume designer William Travilla wove his magic to create this show-stopper. This gown comes with an extra twist – a feather boa in dazzling black and white (just a little extra pizzazz, not in the original film). Imagine Marilyn swaying in it during a dream sequence that was, alas, cut from the movie. In this enchanting scene, Richard Sherman, played by Tom Ewell, daydreams about his neighbor, the lovely Girl, played by none other than Marilyn herself, channeling her inner Mae West in this unforgettable gown.
Lillian Russell - LIFE Magazine Worn Pictorial Costume
Marilyn Monroe transformed into the legendary Lillian Russell! This exquisite costume, once graced by the iconic Hollywood beauty for a captivating photoshoot in Life magazine's December 22, 1958 issue, is a piece of living history. The lavender satin leotard, sensuously boned to perfection, adorned with a décolletage neckline that's nothing short of mesmerizing. It's a canvas adorned with delicate bouquets of fabric flowers, and the front dances with cascades of pink, lavender, and cream chiffon sashes. Each sash is embellished with playful pink satin bows and kissed with trims of lavender, pink, and cream chiffon, creating a visual symphony of elegance and charm. Marilyn Monroe, the ultimate chameleon, didn't stop at Lillian Russell. She transformed into a lineup of silver screen legends, including Theda Bara, Clara Bow, Jean Harlow, and Marlene Dietrich, all for this extraordinary series of photographs.
$20,000 - $40,000
Playboy I Hugh Hefner
World War II Era Army Uniform
A vintage WWII-era military jacket and accessories, owned and worn by Hugh Hefner.
This ensemble includes a U.S. Army Enlisted Men's Coat (1940 design) composed of wool in an olive green, shade 33. The jacket is single-breasted with a notch lapel, and four flap pockets; the hip pockets feature long expandable pockets, an upgraded design feature. The design was for field use with a bi-swing design, a deep pleat that starts at the waist and extends to the shoulders for better mobility. Other key design features for the uniform include a brass belt hook for a garrison belt, sewn half belt at the back, a long rear vent, metal gilt U.S. coat of arms buttons, and insignia patches on the arms and front of the jacket (two "Technical 5th Grade," "High Merit Honor," Ruptured Duck," and a division patch). The jacket comes with a resin-paper-compressed helmet, garrison hat, canvas leggings/gaiters (size 2R), wool socks, a web cotton belt, and rank badges. There is no label but there is a serial number stamped on the jacket and helmet, marked "H-5869."
In 1944, at the age of 18, Hefner enlisted in the U.S. Army as an infantry clerk. Although he never appeared on the front lines, Hefner's service included creating cartoon illustrations for Army newspapers such as Fort Pickett News.
Includes a framed photograph of Hefner wearing the jacket.
"The Misfits" Press-Worn Jean-Louis Dress
An original Jean-Louis painted-silk jersey cocktail dress worn by Marilyn Monroe for The Misfits (United Artists, 1961) cast press conference in the summer of 1960.
Jean-Louis' design consists of a cream/beige silk jersey with a painted-abstract pattern in watercolors with light brush strokes that mirror the lightness of the fabric. The dress has a fitted bodice with hand-gathered pleats that are hand sewn into place. The bodice and skirt are sewn just below the waistline, while the skirt is also hand-pleated and accompanied by a sash/tie sewn in on both sides of the dress to cinch it and offer more definition. The abstract print contains magenta, and shades of green and brown. The print has circular rings that appear to ripple. The bodice and skirt are lined with a chiffon crepe, and the bodice has a lining hand-sewn inside and fitted in contrast to the outer layer of the skirt. A concealed zipper has hook-and-eyes that hide the closure. The hem of the skirt lands below the knee and is hand-tacked, beautifully constructed, and designed specifically for Marilyn, who was a fan of wearing silk jersey fabrics. There is no size label present, but there is a designer label that reads "Jean-Louis," along with pen notations in black ink reading. "MM #2. The skirt has moderate discoloration with minor staining.
Jean-Louis was an Academy Award-winning costume designer, whose effortless designs helped make stars more glamourous. He was the first costume designer to receive a "Gowns By" screen credit. Jean-Louis' nude illusion dress for Marilyn that she wore on May 19, 1962, became one of the most famous gowns in pop culture, selling in 2016 for $4.8 million dollars, the most expensive piece of pop culture memorabilia of all time.
Simulated Diamond Brooch
A floret-styled brooch of simulated diamonds owned by Marilyn Monroe. The brooch features five petals that extend and are interspaced by white metal and circular-cut arms.
Accompanied by the original Christie's lot card.
Owned/Used Elizabeth Arden Lipstick
A custom shade of Elizabeth Arden lipstick In a goldtone case with typewritten label reading "Orange Pink like Miss I./ sample 05022/ May 2, 1960."
Playboy | Hugh Hefner
Alberto Vargas Girl Pinup August 1964 Watercolor Drawing
Alberto Vargas (Peruvian/American, 1896-1982) original watercolor drawing of a Vargas Girl pinup, from the August 1964 issue of Playboy Magazine.
1949 Photo Shoot-Used Umbrella
A red and white polka dot umbrella with a wood hook handle that was used by Marilyn Monroe in a 1949 photo shoot on Jones/Tobay Beach with photographer Andre de Dienes.It was Monroe's first visit to New York and a pleasant reunion with old friend de Dienes.
Owned and Worn Pucci Dress
A pink Pucci long-sleeved dress of silk jersey accompanied by a rope and crystal tassel belt, size 10, that was owned and worn by Marilyn Monroe. The label reads, Emilio Pucci/ Florence Italy‚ and‚ Made in Italy Exclusively For Saks Fifth Avenue.