Sizzling looks and a smoky voice made Lauren Bacall one of Hollywood’s most alluring leading ladies during cinema’s Golden Age. The legendary actress, who passed away last year at the age of 89, is one of the greatest actresses of the 20th century, rocketing to fame in her first film lead role opposite Humphrey Bogart in To Have and Have Not in 1944. The two were married a year later.
On March 31st and April 1st, Bonhams New York will auction The Lauren Bacall Collection, an extensive sale comprising the actress’s jewelry, faience, majolica, provincial furniture, tribal works of art, prints and paintings. Over 740 lots tell the story of Bacall’s personal life and studied carefulness in collecting, items that once adorned her Los Angeles home she shared with Bogart; her former country home in Amagansett, New York; and her final residence in New York’s iconic The Dakota in the Upper West Side.
Among the highlights of the sale are artworks by Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro and Alexander Calder as well as sculptures by Henry Moore. A selection of Bacall’s jewelry will also hit the auction block, including pieces by Jean Schlumberger. According to a Harper’s Bazaar article, Bacall’s daughter Leslie Bogart shares her mother’s love of pearls, particularly from Tahiti and the South Seas, as well as the personal friendships she formed with private jewelers, like Amy Moss and Darlene de Sedle. The auction includes a strand of South Sea cultured pearls and a number of pieces by the two private jewelers as well as New York-based jeweler Elizabeth Gage.
With a slim silhouette and elegant poise, Bacall had an enviable sense of style and became known in the fashion world as “The Look”. Coinciding with the Bonhams sale is a special exhibition of the star’s collection of couture at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, Lauren Bacall: The Look. More than 700 pieces of couture has been donated to FIT by Bacall during her lifetime, including pieces from her personal wardrobe and looks from her roles on stage and screen. The exhibition is open now through April 4th.