Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Mae West: Auction in Ithaca

MAE WEST collectors may find an keepsake in the Empire State later this month.
• • National Book Auctions will feature a fine collection of stage & screen and music-related items, including a collection of books, photographs and ephemera
— — much of which is signed by stars of the Golden Age of cinema — — at their upcoming sale on 19 September 2010 in Ithaca, New York. Also included will be a substantial selection of antique and vintage books displayed with an assortment of artwork.
• • The stage and screen collection includes signed pieces from Mae West, Laurel & Hardy, Paul Newman, Judy Garland, Katharine Hepburn, Dean Martin, Lauren Bacall, Charlie Chaplin, and Bob Hope, among others. For example, one item is a three-panel folding screen from the famous Mama Leone's restaurant (once located in the theatre district), bearing dozens of autographs — — by Montgomery Clift, Carol Channing, Jack Lord, Betty Field, Imogene Coca, Diana Barrymore, and more. Though the listing description does not list Mae West, Mamma's tall and dapper son Aldo Leone fondly recalls how much the Broadway star enjoyed their meat lasagna with a glass of Italian wine.
• • National Book Auctions [1429 Danby Road (Route 96B), Ithaca, NY USA] is a public auction service specializing in books, ephemera, and art for consignors and collectors alike.
• • In September, Let's Remember DeForest Covan • •
• • Versatile vaudevillian DeForest Covan, who appeared in "Every Day's a Holiday" with Mae West, was born in Chicago in the month of September — — on 9 September 1917.
• • The nephew of vaudeville dancer Willie Covan, he honed his dancing and singing skills on the black variety circuit before breaking into Hollywood motion pictures in 1936 as a bit part player and hoofer. Fans may recall that DeForest Covan had a continuing role on the TV series "That's My Mama"; he portrayed Josh for 22 episodes, 1974-1975. Additionally, he was in the cast of 50 films and seen onscreen until 1994.
• • DeForest Covan died at the age of 90 in Los Angeles, California also during the month of September — — on 8 September 2007.
• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/
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