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Julien’s Auctions and Turner Classic Movies (TCM) –the ultimate destination for Hollywood memorabilia auctions–is rolling out the red carpet with a grand finale to the four-day event “Julien’s Auctions and TCM Present: Hollywood LEGENDS”.   The sale titled “Glamour, Grace and Greatness” on December 17 concludes the year-end auction event and Julien’s 20th anniversary celebration.

Princess Diana | 1981 Engagement Portrait-Worn Emanuel Blouse 

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Estimate US$80,000-100,000 | Auction December 17

Making a stunning appearance on the auction block this December will be a piece from one of the most iconic images ever taken of Princess Diana: her blush pink chiffon Emanuels blouse worn in her famous 1981 engagement portrait photographed by Lord Snowden 

The blush pink crepe blouse with ruff-like collar and loose pleats to the front, worn by Lady Diana Spencer in her 1981 engagement portrait by Lord Snowden was created by designers David and Elizabeth Emanuel who would famously later design Princess Diana’s wedding gown. Diana after becoming engaged to then Prince Charles was introduced to Anna Harvey, the fashion editor at British Vogue from 1977 to 1990, who would advise Princess Diana on the current fashions and suitable designs and accessories to wear for her public appearances.

The blouse Diana wears in the portrait by Lord Snowden was on a rack of options presented to Diana and Harvey recalls in Diana Her Life In Fashion by Georgina Howell, “‘I don’t think she had any idea how many lovely things were out there,’ says Harvey. ‘Her enthusiasm was contagious.'” Elizabeth Emanuel wrote in her book, A Dress for Diana, that the fashion team at Vogue had assembled a rack of clothing from a variety of designers to present to Diana.  According to Emanuel, a client was trying on one of their custom-made gowns and left a black mascara stain on the skirt when taking it off.  The Emanuels salvaged the remains of the dress, using the fabric to make this blouse that found its way onto that rack of clothing presented to Diana at Vogue.

Emanuel shared that “When she saw our blouse on the rack she fell in love with it, asked who had made it and was directed to us.” The engagement of Prince Charles and Lady Diana was announced shortly after the photo shoot and the image, captured by Lord Snowden, was used as an official engagement photograph that was featured in the February 1981 issue of Vogue.  Emanuel sold this blouse from her archive in 2010. This blouse was previously on display at Kensington Palace in London as part of the exhibition Diana: Her Fashion Story that ran from February 24, 2017 to February 17, 2019.

Princess Diana | Jacques Azagury 1985 Evening Dress

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 Estimate US$100,000-200,000 | Auction December 17

Another famous piece is her beautiful, romantic ballerina-length evening dress designed by Moroccan-British fashion designer Jacques Azagury for the Princess of Wales and worn in Florence, Italy April 23, 1985 (photo left credit: Alamy). The dress with padded shoulder pads features a black velvet bodice with embroidered stars in metallic thread made from Jakob Schlaepher fabric with a two-tier royal blue organza skirt with a sash and bow. The ballerina skirt was the perfect nod to Diana’s love of dance and her being a patron of The English National Ballet.  Diana would wear numerous dresses and gowns by Azagury, one of her favorites was an ice blue silk georgette mini-dress worn June 3, 1997, to Royal Albert Hall for a performance of Swan Lake

Audrey Hepburn

In one of her most memorable roles as Regina “Reggie” Lampert in the film Charade, Audrey Hepburn epitomized French chic and elegance with her costumes designed by legendary French Couturier Hubert Givenchy such as her iconic Givenchy marigold wool coat, and cream wool Givenchy dress.  Other pieces of Hepburn’s style hallmarks on offer include a 1950 emerald green, yellow, and black plaid wool blazer with black faille shawl lapel, a 1959 photo-worn tweed coat, and a Givenchy burgundy slip dress. 

Audrey Hepburn | “Charade” Screen-Worn Givenchy Coat Estimate: US$20,000-40,000
Audrey Hepburn | “Charade” Screen-Worn Givenchy Dress Estimate: US$30,000-50,000Audrey Hepburn | Worn 1950 Plaid Jacket Estimate: US$10,000-20,000



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Sex And The City | Sarah Jessica Parker “Carrie Bradshaw” Apple Laptop Computer

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Estimate US$5,000-7,000 | Auction December 17

In the hunt for the most interesting “lost relics” of pop culture, Julien’s and TCM present one of the most remarkable finds this auction season featured in the beloved HBO series and global phenomenon, Sex and the City: the original custom Apple PowerBook G3 laptop used on screen by Sarah Jessica Parker in her role as Carrie Bradshaw. 

Other highlights from this auction include:

Marilyn Monroe | Hugh Hefner Owned And Initialed Tom Kelley Nude Print Estimate: US$2,000-4,000
Playboy | Magazine Private Collection Estimate: US$6,000-8,000Marilyn Monroe | Carriage Clock Estimate: US$2,000-4,000



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Ingrid Bergman | Signed 1942 “Casablanca” Photo Estimate: US$500-700
James Dean | “Rebel Without A Cause” Signed Photo Estimate: US$1,000-2,000Pretty Woman | Julia Roberts “Vivian Ward” Earrings Estimate: US$10,000-20,000



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JULIEN’S AUCTIONS PUBLIC EXHIBITION AND AUCTION LOCATION
Julien’s Auctions
13007 S. Western Avenue

Gardena, CA 90249

Exhibition by Appointment: Tuesday, December 12th – Thursday, December 14th

Free to the Public – By Appointment Only 

JULIEN’S AUCTIONS AND TCM PRESENT “HOLLYWOOD LEGENDS”

Thursday, December 14th

“Robots, Wizards, Heroes & Aliens: Contemporary Hollywood Auction, Part I”

Evening Sale with VIP Reception at 7:00 pm Pacific Time

Friday, December 15th

“Robots, Wizards, Heroes & Aliens: Contemporary Hollywood Auction, Part II”

Day Sale at 10:00 am Pacific Time

Saturday, December 16th

The Big Lebowski: The Complete Storyboards Auction” 

Day Sale at 10:00 am Pacific Time

Sunday, December 17th

“Glamour, Grace & Greatness: Classic Hollywood Auction” 

Day Sale at 10:00 am Pacific Time

Registering to Bid
Registration is required to bid in this online auction and can be done in person at the exhibition, or online before the sale at the JuliensAuctions.com Registration page to bid by phone, proxy or in person, or online at JuliensLive.com to bid live online, or by calling (310) 836-1818. For inquiries, please email [email protected] or call 310-836-1818.

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

  1. Bid with Julien’s Auctions online and live-in real time.
  2. Bid over the telephone through an auction house representative.
  3. Bid in person in the room at our auction events
  4. Bid in advance by absentee bid. Absentee bid forms are printed in the back of each catalogue, and are also available by calling Julien’s Auctions or online by visiting www.juliensauctions.com/register-to-bid.

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