Personal items belonging to American Golden Girl, Betty White, will be auctioned off this fall at a three-day event set to take place before landing in California, the auction company has announced.
Memorabilia ranging from a gold watch gifted to her front door by her mother will be auctioned September 23-25 in Beverly Hills after the late actress traveled the world in spirit aboard the Cunard cruise.
“This is an auction representing an incredible life and career,” Martin Nolan, executive director of Julien’s Auctions, told Reuters. “It’s a lifestyle auction. All of these items came from her home in Brentwood or her residence in Carmel in northern California, where she lived with her husband Allen Ludden.
The most personal is a “14-karat gold watch that was given to Betty on December 25, 1940 with the initials TCW, which, of course, is Tess White, Betty’s mother,” Nolan said.
The actress died on New Year’s Eve, just three weeks before her 100th birthday.
More than 1,500 lots will be on offer and were unveiled in an exhibition on Tuesday. Items include “the Hollywood icon’s awards, scripts, wardrobe and memorabilia from her TV shows and films, as well as furniture, artwork, fine jewelry, household items and personal from his beloved homes in Brentwood and Carmel, Calif.,” Julien’s Auctions said in a statement. Release. The total collection is expected to be worth between $1 million and $2 million, Nolan told Reuters.
Items include his original director’s chair from “The Golden Girls” set, on the block for $1,000 to $2,000; the first draft of the TV series pilot, which White read wondering if she would take the role of Rose, also priced at $1,000 to $2,000, as did the final script which went into production and carries its autograph; scripts from other shows, such as “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “The Golden Girls,” and “Hot in Cleveland,” some annotated by White, selling for between $500 and $700 each.
Awards and certificates of nomination, clothes she wore to various events, as well as furniture and the sunny yellow front door, as well as the brass cat door knocker, of her home in Brentwood, LA Magazine said. It will cost between $2,000 and $3,000.
Ahead of the actual auction, parts of the collection will sail the Atlantic aboard the Cunard Line, departing August 5 and arriving in Southampton, UK, August 12, and will be displayed to guests. International exhibitions also include one in Santiago, Chile, from May 12 to July 4 and from August 1 to September 11 in Kildare, Ireland.