Friday, December 05, 2014

Mae West: NYC Auction Results

A number of items owned by MAE WEST were sold on Tuesday, 6 December 1994 at Christie's as part of their "Film and Television Memorabilia" auction. The proceedings were conducted in their New York City location.
• • On Tuesday, 6 December 1994 a fan purchased Mae's white painted upright piano and bench.  The price realized was $12,650, four times the estimate.
• • On Tuesday, 6 December 1994 a Mae maven bought 2 Alfred Barris cardboard wig boxes, both inscribed on the label in green ink Miss Mae West; together with a hairpiece of short blond curls; and a black velvet hair bow.  The price realized was $368, decidedly under the auctioneer's estimate.
• • On Tuesday, 6 December 1994 up for bid was some artwork, for instance, a vintage gouache on two partial celluloids of Mae West reclining in her shell chaise lounge, from the cartoon Crazy Eights; and, gouache on partial celluloid of the title Crazy Eights Take Your Time Big Boy! (size: 10 1/2 x 12 1/2 and similar). The price realized was $1,265, three times the estimate.
• • On Tuesday, 6 December 1994 on the block was an oval giltwood mirror in the Continental Rococo style (size:  44½ in. high, 36 wide); together with an oval mirror in a brown wood fluted frame (size: 36 in. high, 28 wide). The price realized for this lot was $1,955, though Christie's had estimated about $300.
• • On Tuesday, 6 December 1994, the bargain of the auction, a sale that listed dozens of Mae West's possessions, was a group of three plaster holy figures; an egg painted and decorated to represent Mae West; a group of thirteen plastic composite monkeys playing various musical instruments. The price realized was $207, decidely under the auctioneer's estimate of $300 — $550. 
• • Don't you wish you were there at Christie's, bidding on some rare Westiana?
• • On Tuesday, 5 December 1933 • •
• • On Tuesday, 5 December 1933, the night Prohibition was repealed, while Mae was being photographed in a Hollywood speakeasy with Gary Cooper, her sister was performing in Chicago, Illinois. Beverly had bookings for her popular "Mae West Act" in the heartland during most of the winter of 1933.
• • According to a newspaper reporter: Beverly West, actress Mae West’s little sister, recalled that an usher on the house staff of a theatrical production that she was starring in ran to the stage and handed her a drink.  She said, “I downed it before you could bat an eye. After all, I learned everything I know from my sister!”
• • Source: Article: “Borough Thirsty — — Ready to Celebrate Repeal Tonight on Wave of Liquor” printed by The Long Island Star-Journal; published on Tuesday, 5 December 1933.
• • On Tuesday, 5 December 1933 in The L.A. Times • •
• • The Mae West robbery led to a trial and this was covered by numerous newspapers. The L.A. Times printed some of Mae's remarks in their edition dated for Tuesday, 5 December 1933.  On the witness stand, Mae had said: "I have known Voiler for a number of years. He has now turned out to be a snake in the grass."
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Sam Coslow and Ralph Rainger have been assigned to do two songs for Mae West's new picture, as yet untitled.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "It was nothing more than an exercise involving control of my abdominal muscles, which I learned from my father when I was a child.”
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The N.Y. Times mentioned Mae West.
• • “Miss West wriggled through it at the Coronet on Saturday evening, attired in some of the gaudiest finery of the century — the femme fatale of the Bowery, bowling her leading men over one by one with her classical interpretation of a story-book strumpet,” Brooks Atkinson wrote in his review that February in The Times.  . . .
• • Source: Column in The N.Y. Times; published on Thursday, 11 September 2014
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 10th anniversary • •    
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during this past decade. Yesterday we entertained 1,430 visitors. 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started ten years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3064th blog post. Unlike many blogs, which draw upon reprinted content from a newspaper or a magazine and/ or summaries, links, or photos, the mainstay of this blog is its fresh material focused on the life and career of Mae West, herself an American original.

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