Best Actress Oscar winner Jennifer Jones, the widow of both Gone with the Wind producer David O. Selznick and industrialist Norton Simon, will have a number of her belongings auctioned.
Jones, who died last year at the age of 90, was best known for her varied roles in old Hollywood blockbusters, chiefly St. Bernadette in Henry King’s The Song of Bernadette (1943); the sultry half-breed Pearl Chavez in King Vidor’s Duel in the Sun (1946); and the Eurasian doctor in love with journalist William Holden in another Henry King effort, the tearjerker Love is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955).
Though less widely known, Jones was also chairwoman of the Norton Simon Foundation Board, a position she held for years following Simon’s death in 1993.
According to a Los Angeles Times report, Bonhams & Butterfields will be auctioning items from Jones’ estate, including art work, furnishings, and porcelain. The Times adds that the Los Angeles-based auction will be held on four days: Oct. 12, Oct. 19, Dec. 13, and Jan. 30.
Among the movie-related highlights of the sale are: a final copy of the Duel in the Sun screenplay that Selznick gave Jones (“for Jennifer, in memory of her courage through ordeals, David”); an Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences nomination certificate for The Song of Bernadette; Jones’ 2005 Mother Theresa award for The Song of Bernadette (“which continues to edify viewers more than six decades after its release”); and a 1943 Golden Globe nomination certificate for The Song of Bernadette (Jones was the first ever Golden Globe winner for Best Actress).
Also, rare publicity shots of Jennifer Jones and first husband Robert Walker (best known for his gay psycho in Alfred Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train); a set of black-and-white photos from the 1948 classic Portrait of Jennie, along with two promotional posters featuring Robert Brackman’s painting of “Jennie”; and five scrapbooks (movie clippings, 1940s-1950s) compiled by Jones’ parents.
And more: Jones’ Golden Globe for Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing in the now-defunct category of “Promoting International Understanding”; telegrams from the likes of Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford, and Ingrid Bergman; and a note from Selznick that reads: “Will you marry me, darling? For my favorite flower with great love. Best wishes from a fan. With the hope that your first Christmas in Hollywood will be the happiest you’ve ever known.”
And that’s not all.
Photos of Jennifer Jones (then Phyllis Isley) as a baby; Isley’s scrapbooks while growing up in Oklahoma; a Jennifer Jones ‘personality’ electrical light box (!); and a copy of the Gone with the Wind screenplay Selznick gave to Hattie McDaniel, featuring the inscription “for Hattie McDaniel, who contributed so greatly! with gratitude and admiration, David O. Selznick – Xmas, 1939.”
The Dec. 13 auction, which focuses on Jones’ movie memorabilia, is listed on the next page. It’s well worth a read. See link below.
Lot No: 7025
Golden Globe award for “Love Is A Many-Splendored Thing,” 1955
The gold-colored metal globe atop a white marble base with a placard on front engraved “To / Jennifer Jones / For Her / Performance in / Love is a Many-Splendored Thing / 1955 / HFPA” [Hollywood Foreign Press Association]; awarded to Jones in the category of ‘Promoting International Understanding.’ Included is a receipt for a telegram that David O. Selznick sent to Jones; dated “Feb 22/’56,” it reads in part “…you will receive Henrietta Award from Foreign Correspondents stationed Hollywood for actress having contributed most to mutual understanding.” 9 x 3 x 3in Estimate: $1,000 – 1,500
Lot No: 7026
A Jennifer Jones owned ‘presentation copy’ script signed and gifted to her by David O. Selznick from “Duel in the Sun” The Selznick Studio, 1946.
Bound in maroon calf and cloth; gold-embossed on cover “Duel in the Sun” and “Jennifer Jones” with film title repeated on spine; inside yellow script cover typed “David O. Selznick / presents / Duel in the Sun / from the novel by / Niven Busch / Starring / Jennifer Jones / Joseph Cotten / Gregory Peck” etc., “Screen Play / by David O. Selznick / Directed by King Vidor” etc., “Final Shooting Script / Feb. 20, 1945;” inside front free end paper inscribed in blue fountain pen ink “for Jennifer – / in memory of her/ courage through ordeals / David;” with 178 typed pages; including seven original print black and white stills showing scenes from the finished film bound within. As was producer David O. Selznick’s custom, after filming was complete, he would have copies of the final shooting script beautifully bound and embossed for all the important cast and crew members of the production. He would then personally inscribe each and gift it to the recipient, this being the one he gave to Jones who would become his wife three years later. 11 x 9 x 1in Estimate: $2,000 – 2,200
Lot No: 7027
A Jennifer Jones owned ‘presentation copy’ script from “Good Morning, Miss Dove“. 20th Century Fox, 1955.
Bound in brown leather; gold-embossed on cover “Good Morning, Miss Dove” and “Jennifer Jones” with film title repeated on spine; inside title page inscribed in red ballpoint ink “God bless you Miss Dove / Sam Engel;” [the film’s producer]; with 138 typed pages; many added light blue script change pages; 25 original print black and white stills showing scenes from the finished film bound within. 11 x 9 x 1 1/2in. Estimate: $300 – 500
Lot No: 7028
A Jennifer Jones Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences nomination certificate for “The Song of Bernadette,” 1943
Presented to Jones for the ‘Best Actress in a Leading Role’ category which she ultimately won. 11 1/2 x 10in. Estimate: $400 – 600
Lot No: 7030
A Jennifer Jones Golden Globe nomination certificate for “The Song of Bernadette,” 1943
Presented to the star by the Hollywood Foreign Correspondents Association; reading in part “First Annual Award for the / Best Performance of 1943 / By an Actress / Miss Jennifer Jones / A 20th Century Fox / Production.” Interestingly, this was the first year of the now-celebrated Golden Globes and Jones did win in this category. 10 x 8in. Estimate: $200 – 220
Lot No: 7031
A Jennifer Jones set of Look Magazine awards, 1944, 1946
Both of same design; the first with a placard engraved “Jennifer Jones / Look / 1944 / Film Achievement Award;” most likely for “Since You Went Away” and the second engraved the same except for the year of “1946;” either for “Duel in the Sun” or “Cluny Brown.” 10 1/2 x 7in. Estimate: $300 – 500
Lot No: 7033
A Jennifer Jones headdress from “The Song of Bernadette“.
Made of beige wool with a simple red threaded trim; an attached studio tag reads “Bernadette / White Wool Hood Cape;” worn by Jones as “Bernadette” when she first sees the Virgin Mary and then seen throughout remainder of film; included is a vintage black and white photograph showing Jones in costume. Estimate: $500 – 700
Lot No: 7034
A Jennifer Jones Mother Theresa award for “The Song of Bernadette,” 2005
A gold-colored metal statuette in the form of a nun with a placard below noting piece was given to Jones; included with a certificate reading in part “For her role in the 1943 film…which continues to edify viewers more than six decades after its release;” housed in a custom folder which also includes other paperwork related to Jones receiving this award. Height: 12in. Estimate: $300 – 500
Lot No: 7035
A collection of black and white publicity photographs and film stills from “The Song of Bernadette” 20th Century Fox, 1943.
Approximately 35; all vintage prints with a glossy finish; mostly depicting publicity shots of Jennifer Jones as “Bernadette” though others depict her co-stars such as Vincent Price and Charles Bickford or actual scenes from the film; many have a stamp on the verso reading “Approved Advertising Advisory Council / Dec 10 1942 / Hollywood.” (Please note some photographs have two-hole punch marks on top margin.) 10 x 8in. Estimate: $100 – 120
Lot No: 7036
A William Perlberg owned script from “The Song of Bernadette“, 20th Century Fox, 1943.
Removed from the original orange cover and placed in a black binder; title page reads “Franz Werfel’s / The Song of Bernadette / Screenplay / by / George Seaton / Revised Final / March 8, 1943;” with 166 typed pages; on numerous pages opposite the text are detailed pencil drawings, mostly of females; inside back cover of binder has ownership signature of “Wm Perlberg” penciled on top margin – a longtime producer who worked in Hollywood from the 1930s until the 1960s. 12 x 9 x 1in. Estimate: $300 – 320
Lot No: 7037
A Jennifer Jones “ikon” related to “The Song of Bernadette,” 2003
A small handmade wooden figurine depicting a black and white photographic image of Jones as “Bernadette Soubirous” from the 1943 20th Century Fox film that won her an Oscar for ‘Best Actress in a Leading Role;’ with hand-painted detailing on the both the front and back sides; stamped on the bottom by the Los Angeles-based artist “George! who called his creation an “ikon.” Height: 5in. Estimate: $30 – 50
Lot No: 7038
A Jennifer Jones costume from “Cluny Brown” 20th Century Fox, 1946.
A blue and white striped cotton pinafore/apron and a matching ruffled cap; both pieces have stamps on the inside linings reading “20th Century Fox” and the pinafore has a handwritten cloth label noting “J. Jones;” worn by the actress in the finale as she chases “Adam Belinski” [played by Charles Boyer] to the train station. Estimate: $300 – 500
Lot No: 7039
A Jennifer Jones casual outfit or possibly a costume from an unknown film, 1960s
An orange, olive green and beige plaid short sleeved shirt with a label reading “Eagle Shirtmakers Since 1867 / for / Wynbrier / Bullock’s / San Fernando Valley;” red staining (possibly intentional) appears on front left side; together with a matching pair of authentic army issue khaki pants; unclear where Jones wore this, but these clothes were saved by her for decades. Estimate: $200 – 220
Lot No: 7040
A Jennifer Jones and Robert Walker large collection of black and white photographs, 1940s-1960s.
Approximately 100; both vintage and reprinted prints with either a matte or glossy finish; depicting the two actors in headshots, stills from films (with fellow actors such as Joseph Cotten and Judy Garland among others), or posed publicity shots; some have typed publicity text on the verso; most have not been published in decades. Also included are a number of duplicate reprints of the above photographs, a few color headshots, and a couple of miscellaneous photographs not related to Jones or Walker. 10 x 8in. Estimate: $300 – 500
Lot No: 7041
A Robert Walker group of black and white headshots by Clarence Sinclair Bull, 1940s
Seven total (though only two different images); all vintage prints with a matte finish; showing the actor in his heyday; four have purple stamps on the verso reading “Kindly Credit / M-G-M / Photo by Clarence S. Bull.” Also included are ten over-sized black and white vintage print stills with a glossy finish from the 1944 Metro-Goldwyn- Mayer film, “Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo” showing Walker and fellow actors behind the scenes. 13 x 10in. Estimate: $400 – 420
Lot No: 7042
A Jennifer Jones set of black and white photographs from “Portrait of Jennie“.
Selznick International Pictures, 1948; Two over-sized vintage prints with a matte finish; showing Jones as “Jennie;” together with two promotional posters showing the famous painting of “Jennie” by Robert Brackman from the film. Also included is an over-sized black and white vintage print photograph with a glossy finish depicting a headshot of Jones in the 1940s. (Please note the photographs and the posters are now in poor condition). 28 x 22in; 18 x 14in. Estimate: $200 – 220
Lot No: 7043
A Jennifer Jones signed passport, 1956.
Issued to the star on “Nov. 23, 1956;” her signature appears three times within: once penned over her black and white photograph in blue fountain pen ink reading “Phylis Lee Selznick” [her birth and married names]; once in pencil along with her Beverly Hills address of “1400 Tower Grove Dr.;” and once in blue ballpoint ink on the ‘Description of Bearer’ page; stamped numerous times in various countries from 1956 to 1960. 6 x 3 1/2in. Estimate: $400 – 600
Lot No: 7044
A Jennifer Jones annotated European entry/exit card, 1956.
Dated “Nov. 23, 1956;” inside features a small black and white photograph of the star with her blue ballpoint ink signature of “Phylis Lee Selznick” [her birth and married names] penned below; backside of form further filled out in Jones’ hand, including her name, birthday, nationality, profession, and address of “1400 Tower Grove Road / Beverly Hills, California.” 5 1/2 x 4in. Estimate: $300 – 320
Lot No: 7045
A Jennifer Jones signed passport, 1998.
Issued to the star on “14 Jul 98;” her red ballpoint ink signature of “Jennifer Jones Simon” penned above her color photograph; together with a group of airline ticket and other travel receipts mostly from the 1990s. 5 x 3 1/2in. Estimate: $200 – 220
Lot No: 7046
A Jennifer Jones group of SAG and AMPAS identification cards, 2000s.
Eight total; seven Screen Actors Guild cards ranging in date from 2005 to 2009; one Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences card from 2001; unfortunately, none are signed. 2 x 3 1/2in. Estimate: $300 – 320
Lot No: 7047
A Jennifer Jones group of signed black and white photographs, 1980s.
Nineteen total (though many are duplicate images); reprinted prints with a glossy finish; depicting publicity shots of Jones in the 1940s-1950s but later signed by her in black felt tip ink. 10 x 8in. Estimate: $200 – 220
Lot No: 7048
A Jennifer Jones collection of film-related scrapbooks, 1940s-1950s
Five total; all over-sized; featuring countless newspaper and magazine clippings glued to the inside pages, all related to the actress’ career. Compiled by Jones’ parents, the scrapbooks mainly cover “The Song of Bernadette” and “Duel in the Sun,” though there are many ‘personality’ articles included as well. One scrapbook relates to Robert Walker and one is embossed with “Jennifer Jones” on the cover but its pages are blank. Most of the information contained in this collection has not been published in over sixty years and is likely not available elsewhere. (Please note these scrapbooks are now in somewhat fragile condition and some have slight water damage.) Largest: 25 x 18in Estimate: $300 – 320
Lot No: 7049
A Jennifer Jones large collection of her film-related ephemera, 1940s-2000s
A number of paper items saved by the star that related to her professional career including: pamphlets, movie programs, playbills, retrospective brochures, magazines (Life, Variety, etc.), 1950s-era vintage postcards, magazine cut-outs, newspapers (whole sections) from the 1940s-1960s, pressbooks, reprinted photographs, and other like items, most of which feature Jones on the cover; all housed in a long banker’s box. Much of the information contained in this collection has not been published in decades and is not available elsewhere. Various Sizes Estimate: $300 – 500
Lot No: 7050
A Jennifer Jones ‘personality’ electrical light box, 1950s
Depicting a color headshot of the star circa 1950 housed within a boxed frame that lights up when plugged in; still in working condition, the image of Jones is slightly three-dimensional. (Please note the matte surrounding the image is somewhat stained.) Matted and framed: 14 x 12 x 3in. Estimate: $100 – 120
Lot No: 7051
A Jennifer Jones group of sepia baby photographs, 1920s
Seven total; ranging in date from 1919 to about 1925; showing the then-called Phylis Isley as a newborn and as a little girl; most are portrait-style images. 6 x 4in and smaller. Estimate: $100 – 120
Lot No: 7052
A Jennifer Jones group of hand-tinted childhood photographs, 1930s
Three total; the first taken circa 1930 showing the young girl wearing a pink dress; the second circa 1932 showing her wearing a white dress and crown; the third circa 1937 showing her in a formal portrait pose, probably from her senior year in high school. 10 x 8in; 7 x 5in. Estimate: $100 – 150
Lot No: 7053
A Jennifer Jones collection of black and white childhood and family snapshots, 1920s-1940s.
Approximately 80; vintage prints with either a glossy or matte finish; depicting the then-called Phylis Isley as a toddler up until her late teens, either alone or with family or friends, illustrating what appears to have been a happy childhood; some photos are glued to the pages of a photo album, though most are not; virtually all images have never before been seen. (Please note Jennifer Jones is not in every photograph in this lot.) 9 x 7in and smaller. Estimate: $200 – 220
Lot No: 7054
A Jennifer Jones collection of framed family photographs, 1920s-1970s
Fifteen items total; all hung on the walls of Jones’ homes; mostly black and white photographs of Jones as a baby, Jones as a young woman, her children, her father, and other family members; also included is a 1964 poem written by David O. Selznick to Mary Jennifer Selznick [his daughter with Jones], a shadowbox of items related to Mary Jennifer, an ink pen drawing by Candice Bergen, and a few other miscellaneous items important enough for Jones to display. Matted and framed; Largest: 24 x 29in. Estimate: $300 – 320
Lot No: 7055
A Jennifer Jones collection of childhood ephemera, 1920s-1930s
A number of items saved by the then-called Phylis Lee Isley from when she was growing up in Oklahoma including her high school diploma, religious certificates, school certificates (for a sorority and other clubs), scrapbooks compiled by Phylis about movie stars, scrapbooks compiled by Phylis about herself and her schoolmates (also dating from the time of her marriage to Robert Walker), and a few other bits of miscellanea that the young girl deemed important. Various Sizes Estimate: $300 – 320
Lot No: 7056
A Jennifer Jones group of military awards, 1950s-1960s.
Three total: the first a sterling silver medal from the Special Services engraved to Jones, thanking her for entertaining troops in Korea and Japan in 1951; included with a binder of related certificates and other paperwork from this trip; the second a Department of Defense ‘Certificate of Esteem’ for Jones’ work in Korea and Japan in 1952; the third a plaque reading in part “From the men of HHC, 1st Aviation Brigade” in Vietnam, circa 1960s. Various Sizes. Estimate: $300 – 500
Lot No: 7057
A Jennifer Jones collection of citations from various organizations, 1940s-2000
Nine total; including ones from Photoplay Magazine from 1948, The American Cancer Society from 1948, Boxoffice Blue Ribbon for “Good Morning, Miss Dove” from 1955, The Los Angeles District of the California Federation of Women’s Clubs for “Good Morning, Miss Dove” from 1955 (framed), The Film Daily from 1955, The Actors’ Fund from 1956, The United Campaign of America from 1958, The American Psychiatric Association from 1983, and The J. Paul Getty Trust from 2000 (framed). Largest: 28 x 22in. Estimate: $200 – 220
Lot No: 7058
A Jennifer Jones group of awards from UCLA, 1980s-1990s.
Six total; given to the actress for her support of medical research at the university; of varying design; including ones from the Biophysics Department from 1982, The UCLA Campaign from 1984, the Neuropsychiatric Institute and Hospital from 1989, the Department of Radiation Oncology from 1994 and 1995, and Neurosciences Research and Education from 1997. Also included is a UCLA graduation stole. Various Sizes. Estimate: $300 – 500
Lot No: 7059
A Jennifer Jones group of awards and other items, 1980s-1990s.
Six total; including an AFI place setting for a tribute to Gregory Peck from 1989, a Dorothea Dix Mental Illness award from 1989, a German film award from 1997, a marble fountain pen holder from the 1950s [gifted by Bobby and Michael Walker, Jones’ sons], a ‘Best Mom’ faux Oscar statuette, and a “Hunt’s #1 Tomato Packer in the World” award for Norton Simon. Various Sizes Estimate: $100 – 120
Lot No: 7060
A Jennifer Jones owned painting titled “Jennie,” 1980s.
Oil on canvas; depicting the young girl that Jones portrayed in the 1948 film, “Portrait of Jennie;” signed by the artist P. Medina on the lower right corner and further annotated “Jennie” on the upper left corner; gifted to Jones directly by the artist, Patricia Medina, wife of Joseph Cotten who co-starred in the film. Matted and framed: 32 x 28in; Painting only: 25 x 19in. Estimate: $300 – 320
Lot No: 7061
A Jennifer Jones owned group of original artwork, 1940s-2000s.
Six pieces total including: two pastels on paper of flowers, one oil on canvas of flowers, one pencil on paper sketch of an ocean, one print of a house, and one print of a fisherman; also included is a photocopy of a drawing by Don Bachardy of Norton Simon. Largest: 15 x 12in Estimate: $200 – 240
Lot No: 7062
A Jennifer Jones set of prescription eye glasses, 2000s.
Both identical; black plastic round frames by Chanel; included with a pair of black plastic sunglasses (not prescription) by Giorgio Armani with its original case. Various Sizes. Estimate: $200 – 220
Lot No: 7063
A Jennifer Jones group of personal accoutrements, 1980s.
Including: eight evening bags (mostly satin in various styles by Fred Hayman, Charles Jourdan, Neiman Marcus and others), a pair of black leather gloves, a black alligator belt from Saks Fifth Avenue, a plastic fan, 14 pairs of costume earrings (two pairs are broken but can be repaired), three pairs of sterling silver earrings, and one plastic necklace. Various Sizes. Estimate: $200 – 220
Lot No: 7064
A Jennifer Jones group of personal accoutrements, 1920s-1990s.
Twelve items total including: a glass jewelry box noting “JS” [Jennifer Simon] on the lid, a silver-plated decorative box, a wooden and porcelain box, a heart-shaped box, two bottles of perfume (24, Faubourg by Hermes and Tabac Blond by Caron), a pair of bronzed baby shoes belonging to Robert Walker, Jr. [first born son of Jones and Robert Walker], two bronzed baby shoes (though not a matching pair) belonging to the then-named Phylis Lee Isley, a glass cowboy boot figurine made by Ralph Lauren, and an English bone china figurine of a hedgehog by Royal Crown Derby. Largest: 7 x 5 x 3in. Estimate: $200 – 220
Lot No: 7065
A Jennifer Jones and spouse-related group of silver and pewter items, 1940s-1970s
Five pieces total including: a sterling silver saucer engraved “D.O.S.” [David O. Selznick]; two pewter wedding goblets with one engraved “Jennifer” and the other “Norton” and both with “29th May 1971” [their wedding day]; a pewter plate awarded to Norton Simon by The Carnegie Commission in the 1970s; and a silver-plated ice bucket engraved “Norton & Jennifer Simon / Best Wishes / For The Holidays / And The New Year / The Beverly Hills Hotel / 1988.” Largest: 8 x 9 x 6in. Estimate: $200 – 220
Lot No: 7066
A Jennifer Jones group of gift cards received from David O. Selznick, 1940s.
Seven total; originally attached to flowers Selznick sent to Jones when he was courting her; all are penned in black fountain pen ink and signed either “David” or “DOS;” some examples read “Will you marry me, darling? / For my favorite flower with great love / Best wishes from a fan / With the hope that your first Christmas in Hollywood will be the happiest you’ve ever known” and other like sentiments; together a poem that Selznick wrote in pencil on the back of a menu from 1945, a short note he wrote in pencil to Jones, a group of other notes and telegrams sent to Jones by people such as Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, and Ingrid [Bergman] Rossellini, and fur storage receipts from I. Magnin, among a few other bits of paperwork. Also included is a small black and white photograph of Jones housed in a maroon leather travel frame that Selznick carried with him every time we was away from home. Cards: 1 1/2 x 3 1/2in; Photograph: 4 x 3 1/2in. Estimate: $300 – 320
Lot No: 7067
A Jennifer Jones and David O. Selznick collection of black and white professional family photographs, 1950s.
Approximately 50 (though there are many multiples of the same images); all vintage prints with a matte finish; depicting the Selznick family in various poses at home. Also included are a number of photographs of DOS alone or with others such as Dwight D. Eisenhower; most photographs are mounted to white matte boards, though some are not; most were shot by noted celebrity and fashion photographer, John Engstead, who signed the matte of many. Various Sizes from 13 x 11in to 7 x 5in. Estimate: $400 – 500
Lot No: 7068
A Jennifer Jones group of documents related to her Tower Grove Drive house in Beverly Hills, 1950s-1990s.
Two items including: 1) a black binder filled with a ‘Replacement and Insurance Value’ appraisal of all the contents of the Tower Grove Drive home; dated “March 25, 1969;” issued by the Fidelity Appraisal Company; 113 pages total indicating that Jones’ then household contents were worth “$331,334;” and 2) a black leather bound copy of the April 1992 issue of ‘Architectural Digest’ magazine featuring the Tower Grove Drive home; together with some paperwork related to the ‘AD’ article. The appraisal is especially interesting to read as it covers every item in the movie star’s home. 11 x 9in. Estimate: $200 – 220
Lot No: 7069
A Jennifer Jones and Norton Simon group of credit cards, 1970s-2000s.
Approximately 40; issued to either Jones or Simon from numerous department or other type stores including (in alphabetical order): American Airlines, Automobile Club of Southern California, Bergdorf Goodman. Bonwit Teller, The Broadway, Bullock’s, Giorgio, Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Polo Ralph Lauren, Robinsons May, Saks Fifth Avenue, Sears, Tiffany & Co., and USC Associates, among a few others; many duplicate cards are included as well; Norton Simon signed many; Jones signed none; all are housed in a tan metal box. Most 2 x 3 1/2in. Estimate: $200 – 220
Lot No: 7070
A Jennifer Jones and Norton Simon group of personalized stationery, 1970s-1990s
A large collection of notepaper, letterhead, calling cards, and envelopes all printed with various names and addresses for the power couple (such as “Jennifer Jones Simon” or “Mrs. Norton Simon” or “Norton Simon”); mostly still housed in their original Crane’s boxes. Also included are two alligator skin wallets owned by Norton Simon. 11 x 8 1/2in and smaller Estimate: $200 – 220
Lot No: 7071
A Norton Simon group of signed art posters, 1991
Five total; each depicting an image of a painting from The Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena (Cezanne, Courbet, Degas, Pissarro, and Seurat) and each signed in black felt-tip ink by Simon. Largest: 37 x 24in. Estimate: $100 – 110
Lot No: 7072
A Jennifer Jones group of inscribed items from author Henry Miller, 1970s
Three items total including: 1) a paperback titled Reflections on the Death of Mishima inscribed in black felt tip ink by Miller in 1972; 2) a hardcover titled Joey inscribed in black felt tip ink in 1979; and 3) a print with penciled annotations on the lower margin reading “23/25 Henry Miller 1969.” Also included is another book by Miller, Aller Retour New York, though not signed. Print: Matted and framed; 15 x 18in. Estimate: $600 – 800
Lot No: 7073
A Jennifer Jones fancy throw gifted to her by actor Bud Cort, 2009.
Made of red and slate-blue faux fur on one side and slate-blue velvet on the other; trimmed in red fringe on the bottom only; embroidered “JJ” in the upper right hand corner; included with a small note handwritten in black ballpoint ink reading in full “Jen – This (and you) / was Blessed / with Lourdes / water! / Bud.” 50 x 50in. Estimate: $50 – 60
Lot No: 7074
A Jennifer Jones group of personally-owned movie posters, 1940s-1960s
Two total; the first “Since You Went Away” Selznick International Pictures, 1944, half-sheet, condition C-, framed; the second “Tender is the Night,” 20th Century Fox, 1961, half-sheet, condition C-, framed; included with an over-sized black and white still of Robert Walker, Audrey Totter, Tom Drake, and Beverly Tyler from the 1947 MGM film, The Beginning or the End. 22 x 28in; 38 x 28in. Estimate: $200 – 220
Lot No: 7075
A Hattie McDaniel owned ‘presentation copy’ script signed and gifted to her by David O. Selznick from “Gone With The Wind“.
Selznick International Pictures, 1939. Bound in maroon calf and cloth; gold-embossed on cover “Gone With The Wind / Hattie McDaniel” and on spine “Gone With The Wind / Screen Play;” inside yellow script cover typed “Selznick International / presents / Gone With The Wind / from the novel / by / Margaret Mitchell / starring / Clark Gable / Vivien Leigh / Leslie Howard / Olivia de Havilland / Screen Play / by Sidney Howard / Produced by / David O. Selznick / Directed by Victor Fleming / Final Shooting Script / January 24, 1939;” inside front free end paper inscribed in black fountain pen ink “for Hattie McDaniel, / who contributed / so greatly! / with gratitude / and admiration, / David O/ Selznick / Xmas, 1939;” with 56 typed pages; including eight original print black and white stills showing scenes from the finished film bound within. As was producer David O. Selznick’s custom, after filming was complete, he would have copies of the final shooting script beautifully bound and embossed for all the important cast and crew members of the production. He would then personally inscribe each and gift it to the recipient, this being the one he gave to Ms. McDaniel. (Please note the front and back covers have come unbound but can be rebound by a professional bookbinder.) 11 x 8 1/2 x 1 1/2in. Estimate: $10,000 – 15,000
Visited the Arkansas GWTW Exhibit…FANTASTIC!
Another Shaw-Tumblin Collection GWTW Exhibit is to open at the North Carolina Museum of History beginning August 31, 2012. CAN’T WAIT!
The Hattie McDaniel Gone With The Wind Presentation Script was purchased by The Shaw-Tumblin Gone With The Wind Collection. It will be on display, beginning April 30, 2011 at the Historic Arkansas Museum, until April 2012.