52 posts categorized "AUCTIONS"
If you really want to feel poor, you shouldn't miss the video shot by Sotheby's in which legendary fashion shooter Mario Testino talks about his art collection, some of which is going up for sale September 13, 2017.
“Collecting has been an amazing journey for me,” he notes. No shit?
Keep reading for an eyeful ...
“I just want all of my gay fans to know that I will always be here for them the way I am: honest, to the point, and loving my gay fans even more and more each day,” Patti LaBelle says. “I mean, when I think about it, the gay fans are some of the reason — one big reason — I'm still standing, 'cause they loved me when other people tried not to. Everybody always says, 'What makes gay men like you?'... I know that love has lifted me up for many, many years.” More from Ms. LaBelle, including her rumored Aretha beef, plus other hot links of the day after the jump ...
Gotta Have Rock and Roll is about to auction a trove of Madonna memorabilia, all ostensibly from the collection of Darlene Lutz. Lutz was, for many years, Madonna's personal art consultant. They reportedly had a bad breakup, so it wouldn't be surprising if she decided to sell off her Madonnabilia.
What strikes me as odd about what's being sold is that it's stuff Lutz really shouldn't, speaking intuitively, have.
The most infamous item in the auction is a long letter presumed to be from Madonna to John Enos, a friend and briefly a fling of Madonna's in the '90s. The letter has made international headlines (25 years later!) for Madonna's insecure rantings about how she'd rather die than be Whitney Houston or Sharon Stone, to whom she was often unfavorably compared back then.
Stone has actually responded — with unbelievable grace:
Pretty classy, huh?
Interestingly enough, the letter appears to have been pulled from the sale. Perhaps Madonna wasn't thrilled that it was included or challenged its authenticity; hard to say, as letters of the famous are sold all the time without incident. UPDATE: The letter was returned to the auction, without comment.
But back to my suspicions.
I can not wrap my head around why Darlene Lutz would be in possession of the items in this auction, which include a large number of cassettes containing rough cuts/demos/alternate versions of Like a Virgin, True Blue, Bloodhounds of Broadway soundtrack, Like a Prayer, and I'm Breathless songs; a letter from Madonna to her brother, Christopher; a letter from Madonna detailing apartment-design directions; a previously unseen Bruce Weber image just of Madonna's brothers; jewelry from 1984 ... why would Lutz have this stuff?
Also curious is the fact that the cassettes seem to have popped up in the auction after Patrick Leonard, one of Madonna's most important collaborators, teased a similar — but different — cassette with an unreleased track. It's almost as if the cassettes were added in response to the excitement from fans over Patrick's post.
After chatting with a friend, we noticed most of the items see to have a link to Christopher Ciccone. Whether he was the conduit by which Lutz rightfully obtained them as gifts/hand-offs back in the day, or whether he'll make any cash from this sale, I am not sure. I'm just finding it hard to understand the provenance. I do not wish to accuse anyone of anything, and selling stuff you own is fair game.
P.S. For my money, the real prize is the grouping of Gaultier drawings for Blond Ambition. Which would also be more credibly coming from CC than from DL, considering his position in her life and on her tour.
The Profiles in History auction of the personal estates of Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher is coming in September, and ... well, as you might expect, they had a lot of great shit.
Keep reading for the highlights of an auction that will be lots of fun and bring lots of tears ...
(Image via Christie's)
The late Betsy Bloomingdale's goodies are being auctioned by Christie's, among them a number of items designed or supplied by the legendary designer/former actor/gay bon vivant Billy Haines.
Haines, as you may know, was Joan Crawford's bestie. It was his decades-long relationship with his partner that Crawford said made theirs the happiest marriage in Hollywood.
I find the items Christie's is offering rather meh, but there's no overlooking this handsome cock.
UK reality-TV stud Ellis Lacy is inked to death and hung in a way a horse would envy. (Work Unfriendly)
10,000 stage pro-gay marriage sit-in in Taiwan.
Gay man slurred in front of his kid by Floor & Decor employee, customer. Election noted. Employee fired.
Trump's advisor Steve Bannon is eager to suppress the black vote.
Even if you're an atheist, this bible cover feels a little sacrilegious. But at least its shiny!
This auction of Marilyn Monroe artifacts from the collection of David Gainsborough-Roberts, the estate of Lee Strasberg and Deja vu will make you wish you were rich so you could buy, well, all of it.
The items consist of some of Monroe's most iconic movie outfits, many other personal garments, knick-knacks, magazines, incredible autographs and unpublished photos and even her 1962 address book, complete with contact info for Avedon, Henry Fonda, Monty Clift and many others I wish were alive to take the call.
Some of the items are morbid, like prescription pill bottles.
Some of the items are maybe too personal, like used panty hose.
Some of the items are so intimate, it's hard to believe one wouldn't feel closer to the icon by owning them, including family photos and the pic at the top of this post, a private snap showing Monroe in her going-out-in-public brunette disguise.
But of course the ultimate prize is the nude gown she wore to wholesomely wish President Kennedy a happy birthday in 1962—that one is expected to fetch, no exaggeration, millions.
Check it out here. The auction kicks off November 17 at 6 p.m. PT.