Monday, November 21, 2011

NYT: Joan Crawford Ephemera,
Including Padded Hangers, at Auction

One reason why I still read the New York Times on recycled tree has to do with flipping the pages of each section for a glance at headlines and photos, seeing things that I wouldn't normally check out through lots of clicks on the Gray Lady's site, and I certainly wouldn't visit their antiques page.

But last Friday's print version of the Times' antiques page is a good example of the occasional payoff from this reading habit of mine.

The page featured the photo above of the late great actress Joan Crawford, that caught my queer eye. The photo will soon be on the auction block, along with other pictures and personal items that belonged to her. Click here for more images and details of what will be auctioned off next month at Doyle's.

From the Times, bolding added:

Ephemera from Joan Crawford’s career and complicated love life ended up in files at the home of one of her adopted daughters, Cathy LaLonde. On Dec. 7, Doyle New York will offer 77 lots from the family’s memorabilia collection, including honeymoon snapshots, scrapbooks, film reels and clothing.

Although the paperwork is tattered here and there, the LaLondes took good care of the iridescent sequined shirts and mink stoles, in keeping with Crawford’s legendarily strict standards for closets. The clothing lots (with estimates between $100 and $1,000 each) come with the family’s padded velvet coat hangers. ...

Let the wire hanger jokes begin! Who can forget this memorable scene from the film "Mommie Dearest"?

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