|A pair or Italian Rococo paint-decorated
console tables together with a pair of
Rococo paint decorated mirrors is among
Debbie Reynolds' personal collection
Actress/singer Debbie Reynolds's personal collection of movie set furniture and othe Hollywood memorabilia goes on auction today.
Reynolds, who appeared in more than 50 movies, including "Singing In the Rain" and "The Unsinkable Molly Brown," for which she was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Actress, has placed her collection on the auction block with Bonhams & Butterfields in Los Angeles.
"Bonhams & Butterfields is honored to offer a selection of unique items from the Personal Collection of screen icon Debbie Reynolds. Reynolds's passion for beauty and dedication to the preservation of Hollywood history are represented throughout the offering," said Andrew Jones, Los Angeles director of European Furniture and Decorative Arts.
Reynolds' first of three marriages to Eddie Fisher ended in divorce with Fisher later marrying Elizabeth Taylor, but not before the couple spawned Carrie Fisher of Star Wars' Princess Leia fame.
The list of auction items placed by Reynolds includes a collection she started with the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) auction in 1970. She bought not only memorabilia and costumes, but also props and set decor, including furniture, chandeliers and decorative arts. Her collection also includes various items from 20th Century Fox, RKO and Warner Brothers, among others, as well as items from the estates of Harold Lloyd and Mary Pickford.
According to a press release issued by Bonhams & Butterfields, Reynolds "felt it would be a great injustice; should these treasures fall by the wayside as decorations for mere Halloween celebrations, masquerade parties and social events."
According to Reynolds, "Pieces from my beloved collection have traveled great distances from their humble beginnings. From all corners of Europe, these items were carefully sourced and hand selected by MGM and Fox Studios specifically for use in several great period and award-winning films including George Cukor's Camille (1936) starring Greta Garbo, Robert Taylor and Lionel Barrymore; Marie Antoinette (1938) starring Norma Shearer, Tyrone Power and John Barrymore; Beau Brummell (1954) starring Elizabeth Taylor (how ironic!) and Peter Ustinov; and DesirÃ©e (1954) starring Marlon Brando as well as several Rita Hayworth classics.
Read Bonhams & Butterfields' press release.
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