How You Can Have Classic Bob Hope Style at Home

Julien's Auction is selling remarkable Hollywood memorabilia and furnishings from the Bob and Dolores Hope Collection.

Photos Courtesy of Julien's Auctions All sorts of iconic items from the Toluca Lake and Palm Springs homes of Dolores and Bob Hope will be sold to the highest bidders by Julien's Auctions in September. Lots include Hollywood, political and golf memorabilia, along with collections, art and furniture, both contemporary and antique.

If you’re a fan of Old Hollywood glamour and would like to sprinkle a little genuine stardust in your home, now’s your chance. Julien’s Auctions is selling some fascinating pieces from the collection of Bob and Dolores Hope, and many of the estimated prices are not as expensive as you might imagine, considering the icon’s legacy.

After all, Bob was one of the world's most prolific entertainers, with a career that spanned more than 60 years and included vaudeville, radio, film and television. He appeared in more than 70 films and shorts, including a series of “Road” movies co-starring Bing Crosby, and he hosted the Academy Awards a record 14 times. 

In addition, his support of the troops was legendary, as was his enthusiasm for golf. And those are just a few of his accomplishments.

The items now for sale from “The Collection of Bob and Dolores Hope” include an impressive assortment of antiques, career memorabilia and personal property from their residence in Toluca Lake and their landmark Palm Springs home, which was designed by renowned architect John Lautner.

Photo Courtesy of Julien's Auctions This Italianate Baroque-style "Tester Bed" with a button-tufted upholstered headboard will accommodate a modern, full-sized mattress. It's expected to go for between $1,800 - $2,500.

For example, there’s a Yamaha C2 Grand Piano with a padded bench, piano cover and 20 floppy music discs, estimated to go for between $4,000-6,000, considerably less than what it might cost new.

But there are also fine antiques such as stately traditional Baroque and Georgian furnishings; Asian porcelain and Oriental rugs; vintage collectible McGuire bamboo furniture suites; Karl Springer acrylic accent pieces; and several lots of Walter Lamb patio furniture, which are estimated to go for from $2,000-$4,000. Those prices are not too steep.

And of course there are items from Hope’s celebrated collections of golf and clown-themed artifacts, including paintings, figurines, putters, tees and tournament memorabilia — even his personalized golf cart. 

Some of the clown collection highlights include a Red Skelton clown painting, estimated to go for $2,000-4,000, and multiple lots of collectible ceramic figurines, such as Lladro, most estimated at $200-$400.

There are also historically significant items, like signed presidential books and photographs, award plaques, trophies, figurines and novelty items from political luminaries and celebrities. Plus, there are mementos from the Hopes’ charitable causes, military and veterans honorary awards, and exotic international decorative items acquired from his USO tours.

“There has never been anyone who has entertained more people in more places than Bob Hope,” said Martin Nolan, executive director of Julien’s Auctions. “This collection represents more than 60 years of Hope’s illustrious career. There will never be anyone else like him and we are thrilled to be able to offer such an exclusive collection of true Hollywood history.”

If you’d like to see what else is offered in this auction, go to Juliensauctions.com. The official auction of Property From The Collection of Bob and Dolores Hope will take place on Friday, September 20th and Saturday, September 21st at Julien’s Auctions Beverly Hills gallery, but you can also bid online.

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