Mae West Collectibles And Memorabilila

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Mae West collectibles and memorabilila are items relating to the Hollywood actress Mae West.

Brief history/biography

Mae West (born Mary Jane West) was born on August 17th, 1893 and died on November 22nd, 1980. She was best known as being an iconic sex symbol for the film industry and she was declared as the 15th greatest female stars of all time by the Film Institute.

Some of the most notable films West starred in include Every Day's a Holiday (1937), My Little Chickadee (1940), Belle of the Nineties (1934), Myra Breckinridge (1970) and She Done Him Wrong (1933).

Types of memorabilia

Clothing/costumes

Profiles in History in Calabasas Hills, California sold Mae West's "Peaches O'Day" dress from Every Day's a Holiday for $9,500 and a Mae West gown and fur hat from Myra Breckinridge for $5,000 in June of 2011.

Sotheby's in New York sold Mae West's dress from Belle of the Nineties for $7,768 in December of 2002.

Guernsey's in New York sold Mae West's fur collar, cuffs and muff which she wore in Myra Breckenridge for $1,000 in March of 2008, and Mae West's Ermine coat for $1,300 in March of 2008.

Christie's in New York sold West's black sequined dress which she wore in Everyday Day's a Holiday for $3,680 in December of 1994.

Posters

Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas sold the She Done Him Wrong movie poster for $16,000 in March of 2010.

Profiles in History in Calabasas Hills, California sold an Every Day's a Holiday poster for $1,100 in December of 2008.

Christie's in Paris sold a portrait of Mae West by Francesco Vezzoli for €36,000 in March of 2009.

Artwork

Profiles in History in Calabasas Hills, California sold a costume sketch of West for Myra Breckinridge for $6,500 in June of 2011.

Swann Galleries, Inc. in New York sold a sketch of Mae West by Al Hirschfeld for $1,000 in October of 2004.

Christie's in New York sold a signed Mae West portrait by artist William Copley for $15,525 in May of 1995.

Photographs

Bloomsbury Auctions in New York sold a photograph of Mae West taken by Diane Arbus (circa 1965) for $5,000 in April of 2009.

Profiles in History in Calabasas Hills, California sold 74 photos of Mae West for $3,000 in December of 2008.

Christie's in New York sold a photograph of Mae West taken by Diane Arbus (circa 1965) for $3,525 in October of 2000.

Christie's in London sold the same photograph of Mae West taken by Diane Arbus for £3,500 in November of 2007.

Documents

Profiles in History in Calabasas Hills, California sold 60 of Mae West's signed letters, telegrams and various film contracts for $5,500 in June of 2011, and scripts from five of Mae West's films for $1,700 in December of 2008.

Seized Assets Auctioneers in Westlake Village, California sold two of Mae West's signed checks as well as a My Little Chickadee poster for $1,200 in June of 2009.

Christie's in New York sold a letter to Groucho Marx from Mae West (circa 1971) for $2,530 in December of 1993.

Furniture

Bloomsbury Auctions in London sold the icon Salvador Dali "Mae West Lips" sofa for £3,000 in September of 2007.

Rago Arts and Auction Center in Lambertville, New Jersey sold a "Mae West Lips" sofa that was inspired by Salvador Dali's design for $2,500 in April of 2007.

Guide for collectors

Memorabilia that was once signed, owned or used by Mae West when she was filming some of her most notable films is considered to be more rare and valuable. The iconic "Mae West lips" sofa by Salvador Dali is also considered to be rare and valuable, as well as any sofa that is inspired by the iconic couch design.

Restoration of an authentic movie poster or photograph with Mae West on the cover is not recommended, however, restoration of a "Mae West lips" sofa is recommended, but only if there is noticeable damage.

For more information regarding where to find Mae West memorabilia, visit allaboutmae.com.

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