Greta Garbo Collectibles And Memorabilia

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Greta Garbo collectibles and memorabilia are items relating to the iconic Hollywood actress Greta Garbo.

Brief history/biography

Greta Garbo (born Greta Lovisa Gustafsson) was a famous Swedish actress born on September 18th, 1905 in Stockolm, Sweden and died on April 15th, 1990.

Garbo has been nominated numerous times for various Academy Awards throughout her career, and also received an honorary Academy Award for her "unforgettable screen performances" in 1945.

Some of her most notable films include Anna Karenina (1935), Camilla (1936), Inspiration (1931) and Flesh and the Devil (1926).

Types of memorabilia

Clothing/costumes

Profiles in History in Calabasas Hills, California sold Garbo's dress from Anna Karenina for $40,000 in June of 2011.

Christie's in New York sold a cream taffeta housecoat which was made for Garbo when she starred in Camille for $6,600 in May of 2007.

Photographs

Swann Galleries, Inc. in New York sold a signed Garbo photograph which was taken by Edward Steichen in 1928 for $24,000 in February of 2005.

Christie's in New York sold a Garbo photograph taken by Edward Steichen (circa 1928) for $10,350 in October of 1994, a photograph of Garbo taken by Isle Bing (circa 1932) for $14,340 in April of 2004, and another photograph of Garbo taken by Steichen in 1928 for $19,550 in April of 1999.

Profiles in History in Calabasas Hills, California sold a portrait of Garbo by Clarence Sinclair Bull from Inspiration for $18,000 in December of 2008.

Sotheby's in New York sold a photograph of Garbo taken by Edward Steichen (circa 1928) for $19,150 in April of 2001.

Artwork

Christie's in New York sold a Greta Garbo drawing by Rene Gruau (circa 1950) for $15,000 in December of 2007.

Profiles in History in Calabasas Hills, California sold an Adrian costume sketch for Garbo in Camille for $13,000 in April of 2009.

Posters

The Last Moving Picture Co. in Kirtland, Ohio sold a Flesh and the Devil movie poster featuring Greta Garbo on the front for $8,500 in May of 2007.

Documents

Christie's in New York sold 13 personal letters from Garbo to Gilbert Roland (circa 1943) for $17,250 in December of 1995, another collection of nine handwritten letters between Garbo and Sydney Guilaroff (circa early 1960s) for $10,925 in June of 1994, and another collection of three personal letters between Garbo and Sidney Guilaroff (circa 1960s) for $5,720 in December of 1992.

Furniture

Christie's in Amsterdam sold mid-19th century table which belonged to Garbo in her Swedish mansion for €6,875 in June/July of 2009.
An 18th century French ”Fauteuil à la Reine” – A chair for the queen – previously owned by Greta Garbo and was placed in her NYC apartement is for sale on this link. This furniture was also exhibited 1990–2004, at the department store P.U.B in Stockholm, Sweden, where Greta Garbo (Gustafsson) worked and where she was discovered in the 1920s. The fauteuil was sold for 15,400 dollars in November 15, 1990, (lot no. 165) at Sotheby’s New York, The Greta Garbo Collection.

Personal belongings

Christie's in New York sold a collection of Garbo's personal photographs, pressed flowers, a lock of hair and her personal astrology charts for $23,500 in July of 2001.

Guide for collectors

Memorabilia that was once owned, used or signed by Garbo while she was filming some of her most notable and memorabilia films, such as Anna Karenina, Camilla, Inspiration and Flesh and the Devil are considered to be the most valuable and rare among collectors. Photographs of Garbo that were taken by Edward Steichen are also considered to be valuable as well.

Restoration of an authentic Garbo photograph is not recommended, however, furniture that was once owned by Garbo can be restored, but only if there is noticeable damage.

For more information on where to find Garbo memorabilia, visit www.garboforever.com or www.gretagarbo.com.

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