The esteemed possessions of Hollywood legend Doris Day will soon be auctioned to benefit her beloved animal charity, months after her death.
About 800 items from the iconic American actress, who died in May, will be auctioned in 2020 to mark what her 98th birthday would have been.
Fans of the healthy comic star, famous for her four marriages and impressive vocal range, are already excited at the prospect of getting hold of her lacquered red piano, her Golden Globe awards and more.
Icon: Up to 800 personal items from the deceased actress Doris Day will be auctioned in April 2020
& # 39; At night all white: the outfit, pictured, that Doris wore to accept her Golden Globe Award in 1989, is auctioned
Julien & # 39; s auctions is organizing the two-day auction in Beverly Hills and live online on 4 and 5 April 2020.
As a well-known animal lover, all proceeds will be donated to the Doris Day Animal Foundation, the charity of the Hollywood icon established in 1978 to fund non-profit animal-related goals.
Historical: Doris, pictured, was one of the most celebrated stars of the 20th century
On offer is an exclusive collection of her most iconic costumes and personal clothing, such as a brown leather jacket that was worn during various episodes of The Doris Day Show in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Experts estimate that the jacket will reach between $ 2,000 – $ 3,000.
An all-white ensemble that was worn when she received the Cecil B. DeMille Honorary Golden Globe Award in 1989 was expected to go for a similar price.
Other fashion highlights include a classic red wool coat worn by the star in the early 1960s and a white sweater dress.
Julien revealed that the Calamity Jane Star's Golden Globe prizes each yield between $ 4,000 and $ 6,000.
And the classic Ford Ford convertible from 1930 that can be seen in the opening titles of her TV show Best Friends is likely to go for $ 10,000- $ 20,000.
The red lacquer Young Chang piano is gifted by her deceased son Terry Melcher, who died in 2004, is expected to attract bids between $ 2,000 – $ 4,000.
Braces: Julien & # 39; s Auctions estimates that the four Golden Globes of the Pillow Talk actress each get a minimum of $ 4,000
Engine: Doris & # 39; 1930 Ford car, as seen in its Best Friends show, is likely to be highly sought after
As you can see on the screen: the same car was used in the show in the 1980s
Gift: The only son of the star, Terry, gave her a red-lacquered piano, which remained one of her most valued possessions
Mid-century and antique furniture from her home in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, include vintage wicker items, her silver, crystal and porcelain tableware, and decorative animal-themed items such as an ice bucket for a bulldog.
Son: Doris depicted with her only son, the late Terry Melcher in 1989
Gifts from, among others, Paul McCartney (a vase with yellow tole) and paintings by artist and singer Tony Bennett, Pierre Bonnard, Edward Szymyd, Cherry Jaffe Huldah, James Abbott McNeill Whistler and more are also there for the taking.
An elephant planter with brass relief, donated by her lifelong friend and rom-com co-star Rock Hudson, is said to attract bids of $ 1,000 – $ 2,000.
Another highlight is a leather-bound edition of Architectural Digest with a personalized cover with a pictorial spread in the house of Doris & Beverly Hills from the 1950s with photos of her furniture on display at this auction.
Later personal items include her 1978 passport and her driver's license.
Martin Nolan, executive director of Julien's Auctions said: “Everything from Doris Day's house will be sought in the auction, firstly because they are so wonderful and secondly because all proceeds will go to her animal foundation.
Gift: an elephant planter given to Doris by her good friend and co-star Rock Hudson
Wicker: The vintage red wicker furniture from her Carmel-by-the-Sea house will be included in the lot
Crockery: Silver, crystal and porcelain crockery is owned by the 800 items
Animal lover: The Ohio-born actress was a lifelong animal lover and many of her personal items reflect that
Film history: Doris' depicted film roles lie at the disposal of the sale of the estate, including Pillow Talk, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award
& # 39; Everyone knows how she loved her animals and that was so important to Doris during her life. & # 39;
Prior to the auction, selected pieces will be exhibited in the exhibition The Museum of Style Icons from November 2019 to February 2020 and aboard the Cunard liner Queen Victoria during a March 2020 trip from Florida to England.
Cincinnati, Ohio-born Doris, widely regarded as America & # 39; s Sweetheart in the 1950s and 1960s, was one of the best artists of the era.
She died in May 2019 at the age of 97 after pneumonia.
According to a statement from her charity, she died in her beloved estate home in Carmel Valley, where she has lived in isolation with her dozens of pets in recent decades.
Friends: Doris and Rock Hudson, who died of AIDS-related causes in 1985, were loved as a duo on the screen
The charity also revealed that & # 39; her wishes were that she had no funeral or memorial service and no serious marker. & # 39;
Instead, she wanted fans to donate to the charity she set up to save animals.
Originally a dancer, Doris found fame as a singer and had 30 Top-20 singles and hit number one four times in the early 1960s.
Famous herself proclaimed & # 39; America & # 39; s virgin & # 39 ;, she appeared in about 39 films over two decades.
The Oscar nominee & # 39; girl next door & # 39; played alongside everyone from Clarke Gable to Cary Grant, and is one of eight artists who has been the best box-office earner in the United States four times.
All four of her marriages collapsed; her first husband hit her, the second left her, the third wasted her fortune, and her fourth felt overlooked by her dogs.
Doris also suffered a period of mental illness in the 1950s at the height of her career, although her lowest point was the death of her only child, Terry, in 2004. He died at the age of 64 after fighting melanoma.
She is survived by her adoring grandson Ryan Melcher.
Hollywood legends: Doris played a photo with Cary Grant in the hit 1962 That Touch of Mink
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