July 24 Beverly Hills auction includes wide array of music
and entertainment memorabilia; numerous Whitney Houston
gowns could realize $8,000+; Judy Garland diary offers
"fascinating and sad" insight into great performer's life
and struggles, plus documents related to Marilyn Monroe
that have never before been seen by the public
The last known check signed by Monroe, which anchors a
grouping of 15 lots commemorating her fame, glamour and
lasting legacy, raises some intriguing questions of the
great star's last day and night.
"Dated Aug. 4, 1962 - the day before her death - this
$228.80 check was used for the purchase of a white chest of
drawers from Pilgrim's Furniture," said Barrett, "but what
does it suggest, if anything, about her death, which was
ruled a probable suicide at the time?"
"Garland's 1960 diary is a fascinating, compelling and sad
look into the troubled life of a great talent," said
Barrett. "There are entries that relate to her business
dealings with questionable partners (including her
then-husband, Sid Luft) and, most significantly, numerous
references to the various 'medicines' that she was taking
and trying to manage. Anyone who knows Garland's story, and
her eventual death from drug overdose, will find this
amazingly interesting and quite heartbreaking."
A sample entry from the diary on topics that the star was
disturbed by, along with simple "notes to self" reads:
"Pills / who has control / 16 per day, green capsules /4
seconals per/ night…"
An original concept drawing from "King Kong," Paramount,
1976: Rendered on paper in charcoal, depicting an angry
Kong breaking free from his chains in New York City, signed
in the lower right corner in black felt-tip ink "Negrón,"
an art director on the film, with further related
annotations on the lower margin. Estimate: $800+.
John Wayne and others signed book "The Searchers" by Alan
LeMay: Actress Vera Miles' own copy of the book,
hardcover, no dust jacket, published by Harper & Brothers,
New York, 1954, signed to Miles on the front free end pages
in blue or black ballpoint ink by her fellow cast members
of the 1956 Warner Bros. classic including (in alphabetical
order): Ward Bond, Harry Carey, Jr., Olive Carey, John
Ford, Jeff Hunter, Natalie Wood, and John Wayne who wrote
"Little Vera - it/was a pleasure/Duke." Estimate: $1,500+