Charlton Heston Collection to sell at Bonhams



2016-02-24 10:02:26

Bonhams and Turner Classic Movies are set to host a special auction featuring property from the collection of Hollywood legend Charlton Heston.

The sale will offer more than 300 lots from the home of the late actor, which he shared with his wife for almost 50 years, including movie memorabilia, props, scripts, fine art, jewellery and rare books.

"Their fascinating and varied collections reflect not so much a love of things but a joie de vivre, a passion for life and everything in it," said Fraser C. Heston, the actor's son.

Film memorabilia highlights include Heston's personal copy of the Ben Hur script, which won him the Academy Award for Best Actor, estimated at $12,000-$18,000, and a pair of prop door knockers from the film, which spent years on the doors of his study, valued at $3,000-$5000.

Heston's passion for rare books and Shakespeare is represented by volumes from his two-story library. Notable lots will include rare copies of the Shakespeare plays Macbeth, printed in 1673 and estimated at $25,000-$35,000, and Hamlet, printed in 1676 and valued at $15,000-$25,000.

The couple also assembled a collection of fine art and photography. Highlights include Portrait of Kate Keown by photographer Julia Margaret Cameron, valued at $15,000-$20,000); Redwoods, Bull Creek Flat, California by Ansel Adams, estimated at $12,000-$18,000; and three paintings by 20th century illustrator J.C. Leyendecker, originally published on the covers of Carter's Monthly magazines, and estimated at $15,000-$20,000 each.

"Bonhams is pleased to present this tremendous collection of property from the home of Charlton and Lydia Heston," said Director of Entertainment Memorabilia Catherine Williamson. "We think Heston's many fans will enjoy getting a glimpse into the man behind the myth."

The Charlton Heston Collection will be sold in Los Angeles on March 22.

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