Sunday, September 16, 2007

Mae West: Collectible

MAE WEST's life is a tale of two cities: New York City and Los Angeles. And the memoir she started putting together in the mid-1950s — — Goodness Had Nothing to Do With It — — is certainly her side of the story. How much is a first edition worth? Mae-mavens might prefer that the sale price be left politely unconsidered.
• • Selfridges, the high-end department store in London's West End, has a number for you Mae collectors out there. The British emporium decided that a first edition of Mae West's autobiography, Goodness Had Nothing to Do With It, is justiably worth £600 [or $1,300)].
• • And speaking of rare books by pneumatic blondes, it is now possible, at Selfridge's Wonder Room, to buy a copy of Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar (an edition written under Plath's pen name Victoria Lucas and displayed on a shelf under a bell jar).
• • Call ahead to make sure these books are still available before you head off to Oxford Street. If you misplaced your phone, and feel that a jeweled cellphone is more your image, then Selfridges has a model in stock for £53,000 [or $113,000].
• • In case your inner Zen Buddist is about to protest, consider this. Alannah Weston, Selfridges' creative director, opines that shopping is not really about acquiring material objects that will have to be dusted. Au contraire.
• • "It's about an unusual experience, a wondrous experience, not just buying luxury brands," Alannah Weston told the press. Wondrous indeed.
• • Come up and see Mae every day online:
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• • Photo: • • Mae West • • artist: Kim Leone • •
Mae West.

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