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Julien’s Auctions invites you to behold “BOMBSHELL: The Raquel Welch Collection” 

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Julien’s Auctions, the industry-leading Hollywood auction house, will celebrate the legendary beauty and style of the Golden Globe Award-winning trailblazer, whom the New York Times hailed as “a marvelous, breathing monument to womankind” with “BOMBSHELL: THE Raquel Welch Collection” taking place Friday, April 12th live in Los Angeles and online at Julien’s Auctions.

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Raquel Welch burst onto the movie scene in 1966 with her role as a scientist’s assistant in the Oscar-winning sci-fi film Fantastic Voyage and later that year with the release of One Million Years B.C. Her appearance as a scantily clad cavewoman in the pre-historic epic catapulted her to international stardom and made her one of the era’s biggest sex symbols, with the film’s publicity poster of a larger-than-life image of Welch wearing her iconic fur & hide bikini becoming a cultural phenomenon and one of the biggest pinup posters of all time.

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Throughout her six decade career, Welch turned in a diverse range of strong female character portrayals that departed from her traditional sex symbol persona and earned her acclaim with lead roles in 1971’s Hannie Clauder, one of the first westerns which depicted a female warrior character and inspired films such as The Quick and the Dead and Kill Bill; 1972’s Kansas City Bomber in which she played a single mother turned roller derby queen; and in 1974’s The Three Musketeers as Constance Bonacieux, which earned her a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical, and further acclaim in the film’s sequel The Four Musketeers: Milady’s Revenge.  

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At the height of her fame and box office success, Welch played the title character Myra Breckinridge in the 1970 film adaptation of Gore Vidal’s novel about a transgender woman who undergoes a sex-change operation. The film, which has since gone onto become a cult classic, was released in a storm of controversy, landing Welch on the cover of Time Magazine for her revolutionary role. 

 On television, she produced her own variety specials, 1970’s Raquel! with guest stars Tom Jones, Bob Hope and John Wayne, 1974’s Really, Raquel, and 1980’s From Raquel With Love. She earned a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actress in a Television Film in her role as a psychologist diagnosed with ALS in 1987’s Right to Die.

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On Broadway, she replacedLauren Bacall in the starring role of Tess Harding in the hit musical Woman of the Year in the early ’80s. In 2010, Welch published her autobiography, Beyond the Cleavage, her personal account of her life in Hollywood that offered her beauty regimen and tips for women to live their best lives with dignity and self-respect. In 2018, Vogue ranked Raquel Welch as one of “the most sensational hourglass bodies of all time.”

Julien’s will present an exclusive collection of over 450 of Welch’s most cherished objects from her life and career, including:

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“Raquel!Really” worn One Million Years B.C.- Style Bikini Costume Estimate: US$500-7001978 Academy Awards Event- worn Norma Kamali Gown with Photo Estimate: US$1,000-2,000

Givenchy Blouse with attached necklace accessory with photo, Welch wore the blouse to a dinner and haute couture fashion show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art sponsored by Valentino in 1982 Estimate: US$200-300



Diamond and 14k Gold Wedding Ring with Photo
Estimate: US$10,000- 20,000
Rolex Datejust Oyster Perpetual  Stainless Steel and Gold Wristwatch with photos
Estimate: US$1,000- 2,000
1983 Academy Awards Event-worn necklace and matching earrings with photo Estimate: US$400-600


a 2018 Mercedes-Benz SL 550 Convertible owned and driven by Raquel Welch that features a 4.7 liter V8 Biturbo engine that is mated to a 9G-TRONIC 9-speed automatic transmission, producing 449 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque and a Polar White exterior, with Porcelain/Black Exclusive Nappa leather interior and Black Ash Wood trim, accompanied by the original window sticker when Welch purchased the vehicle from Mercedes-Benz of Encino
Estimate: US$70,000- 100,000
Louis Vuitton MonogramVanity case 9 x 15.5 x 8.5 inches
Estimate: US$100- 200

JULIEN’S AUCTIONS Public Exhibitions 

The Museum of Style Icons

Athgarvan Road, Newbridge,
Co. Kildare, Ireland
W12 HT62

Exhibition: February 23rd–April 1st 

Tickets & Information: https://visitnewbridgesilverware.com/about-the-museum-of-style-icons

JULIEN’S AUCTIONS LIVE & ONLINE AUCTION

BOMBSHELL: THE Raquel Welch Collection 

Monday, April 12, 2024

10:00 A.M. Pacific Time

Registering to Bid
Registration is required to bid in this auction and can be done in person on the day of the auction, or online before the sale at the Julien’s Auctions.

For inquiries, please email [email protected] or call 310-836-1818.

Placing Bids
There are three ways to bid in Live Auctions:

  1. Bid with Julien’s Auctions online. You can either place a bid at the next increment, or leave a maximum bid which will be executed against other competitive bids.
  2. Bid over the telephone through an auction house representation.
  3. Bid in person in the room at our auction events

*Cover Photo/Thumbnail Photo from Julien’s Auction

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