Priceless Pieces From the Stan Laurel Collection Go Up for Auction
The daughter of the legendary comedian hopes to sell his antiques and memorabilia for charity via Julien's auctions.
If you missed the opportunity to decorate your home with classic pieces of Hollywood memorabilia from the Bob and Dolores Hope Collection or the Phyllis Diller Collection, worry not. Now you can acquire pieces from even further back in time, as Julien’s offers props, memorabilia, antiques and personal effects from the collection of Stan Laurel, of Laurel & Hardy fame.
Imagine how wonderful your hat rack would look with the very recognizable Stan Laurel Straw Boater hat from the film Lucky Dog hanging on it. (Estimated to go for $6,000-$8,000). Or how about hanging a Stan Laurel Charlie Chaplin signed drawing on your wall? It's expected to set you back $2,000-$4,000. What would look better standing in the corner of your office than the Stan Laurel Golf Clubs from the movie Should Married Men Go Home? The estimated selling price of those is $2,000-$4,000.
There are fewer large furniture pieces and more collectibles and accessories in this collection than in Julien's other recent celebrity auctions. That’s because Laurel’s only daughter, Lois Laurel Hawes, has been storing them since her father’s death after a heart attack in 1965, at age 74.
“It has come to a time when the wonderful items we have had packed away for so many years need to be shared with Stan Laurel’s fans around the world,” said Laurel Hawes. “My father treasured his fans and was available to them constantly. He even personally penned his own responses to fan letters and was listed in the phone book. It would warm his heart to see items from his personal life being offered for the very first time so that collectors and fans can continue to preserve and cherish the legacy he has left us.”
The auction will benefit those with diabetes, as partial proceeds will go to research for a cure.
The auction features many items from Laurel’s career, which spanned from 1910 to 1954 and included a starring role in the Academy Award-winning film The Music Box (1932). At one time early on, he was an understudy for Charlie Chaplin. Laurel & Hardy’s critically acclaimed double acts became well known with Laurel playing the clumsy and childlike friend of the pompous Hardy. Together they made more than 100 films, including Babes in Toyland, Swiss Miss, A Chump at Oxford and Way Out West.
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A sampling of the auction highlights includes a collection of Laurel & Hardy publicity images (estimate: $200-$400); a collection of Laurel & Hardy 16mm Amateur films (estimate: $800-$1,200); Stan Laurel’s makeup case (estimate: $600-$800); Laurel & Hardy original scripts (estimate: $200-$600); Laurel & Hardy Prop Binoculars (estimate: $2,000-$4,000); Stan Laurel's Prop Violin Case (estimate: $2,000-$3,000); a Stan Laurel Rod & Reel Fishing Trophy (Estimate: $800-$1,200); and much more.
Collectibles and antiques from Stan Laurel’s private life are also being offered. They shed light on the more sophisticated side of the entertainer that was not seen in his slapstick comedies. Some highlights include a collection of Stan Laurel-owned historical books and novels, such as a leather-bound copy of The Divine Comedy translated by Henry Francis Cary (various estimates between $400-$800), several fine paintings and framed prints (various estimates), and a Walt Disney drawing done for Stan Laurel (estimate: $6,000-$8,000).
The auction will be held Saturday, Nov. 1, and you don’t need to be present at Julien’s Auction headquarters, on Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. Bids will be taken live online. For more information, visit Julien's Auctions.