Zsa Zsa Gabor, synonymous with glamor, always charming and entertaining personified the celebrity lifestyle. Her passion for people, jewels and beauty was first and foremost. Heritage Auctions is honored to present The Estate of Zsa Zsa Gabor April 14, both live and online.
Zsa Zsa, the one and only, conjures up visions of flowing negligees, champagne and diamonds. She was an iconic celebrity who branded herself before marketing and self-promotion to create a personal brand was something celebrities did. Aligning herself with luxury companies such as Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Rolls-Royce and the most prominent designers of the day, she embraced the Hollywood lifestyle with open arms and maximized her exposure in the media.
I think she would have been pleased to know that her fans around the world are clamoring for the chance to bid on stunning gilt silver chargers that graced her dining table at dinners with the rich and famous, or her scripts from the many shows on which she appeared as a guest. Her roles often capitalized on her persona, portraying a smart-yet-very-chic feminine character.
Property from her home will include her art, china, crystal, silver, designer handbags, gowns and entertainment memorabilia. Included in the auction is the Steinway grand piano, which she owned during her (1951-54) marriage to actor George Sanders, (who won a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for his role as “Addison DeWitt” in All About Eve) and clad in gold to match the Oscar he brought home.
A Zsa Zsa Gabor Personally-Owned Movie Poster from “The Most Wanted Man.”
A 1970s-era reprinted one-sheet from the 1953 Astor Pictures Corporation film where Gabor had a starring role as “Lola La Blonde,”
With the golden age of Hollywood now replaced by the impersonal realities of digital media, the auction is one of the last hold outs for fans and friends alike to own a piece from this era. Her home graced the pages of magazines worldwide including Vanity Fair, Look, Life and Photoplay. Her brand was glamor – and her lifestyle was sold across the world as a glimpse into the world of Hollywood stars.
This is possibly the last chance to own a piece of this moment in time and to get a glimpse into the Golden Age of Hollywood. Zsa Zsa’s classic quotes reflect a bygone time, but made us realize her sense of humor transcended the politics and policies of the day.
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Written by: Carolyn Mani Carolyn Mani is Heritage Auctions’ West Coast Director for Trusts and Estates.