Greta Garbo estate auction set for December


2015-06-26 12:57:37


Greta Garbo estate auction set for December

Never-before-seen designer dresses and memorabilia will star at the Greta Garbo estate auction

Greta Garbo-worn dresses and assorted memorabilia are coming to auction in December, in a unique opportunity for movie memorabilia collectors. The items have never before appeared at auction, coming directly from the estate of the actress dubbed "the first modern woman".

Greta Garbo estate auctionGarbos Louis Vuitton trunk has an $8,000 estimate

Hollywood icon Garbo died in 1990, leaving behind a vast range of designer made dresses, furnishings and unique items.

A Louis Vuitton steamer trunk owned by the Grand Hotel star is among the standout lots of the December 14 and 15 auction, arriving with a $8,000 high estimate.

Employed by Garbo to carry her shoe collection, the wooden case with brown leather still retains many remnants of travel labels, including one stating: "...GOTHENBURG DIRECT NEW YORK."

As the first steamer trunk she owned, it is a reminder of Garbo's early years, when she left her native Sweden behind in 1925, at the age of 20, to work in the silent movies.

More than 50 dresses will also feature, with estimates of up to $1,200, some designed by big names such as Valentina and Emilio Pucci. None of the items arescreen-used, a factor that will keep prices modest. A dress she wore in 1935 film Anna Karenina auctioned for $40,000 in June, 2011.

Much of Garbo's appeal stems from the fact that in the eyes of the movie watching public, she never grew old. Garbo made her last film in 1941, at the age of just 36.

PFC Auctions will be offering a Garbo autograph in its forthcoming auction, which runs until September 27.

Personal books, letter and photographs will also feature at the December sale, as well as the bed platform designed by the actress from the panels of an antique Swedish cupboard.

View more movie memorabilia from Hollywood's golden age for sale through Paul Fraser Collectibles.

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