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Three-Day Hollywood Auction Blockbuster Realizes Record-Breaking Sales



Julien’s Auctions and Turner Classic Movies (TCM) – the ultimate destination for Hollywood memorabilia auctions – held “Legends: Hollywood & Royalty,” on Wednesday, September 6th, Thursday, September 7th, and Friday, September 8th, their three-day star-studded event featuring over 1,400 artifacts from the greatest films of the Classic Era to Contemporary films spanning Sci-Fi, Action and Fantasy classics and beyond as well as a historic collection of Royal one-of-a-kind treasures including gowns personally owned and worn by Princess Diana. The sale was held in front of a live audience at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills and online with a record-breaking number of bidders and collectors from around the world participating on Julien’s Live.

Earlier this year, Julien’s Auctions launched a new multimedia campaign which resulted in a record-breaking number of registered bidders and participants in this auction. This new multimedia campaign includes marketing efforts such as compelling promotional videos, newsletters, and a social media presence that give the auction house a premium feel. Via Julien’s partnership with Turner Classic Movies, who showcased the event with exclusive content promoting the auction across their channel and platforms, legions of film and television fans were brought in to this historic auction to celebrate popular culture icons.

One of the most highly anticipated moments of the auction was the sale of Princess Diana’s personally-owned wardrobe including custom-made gowns from world-renowned designers Bruce Oldfield and Catherine Walker.

A red Bruce Oldfield silk gown worn by Princess Diana to the world premiere of Hot Shots on November 18, 1991 sold for $571,500 well over its original estimate of $200,000.

A Catherine Walker black and jade gown worn to a gala event in Toronto, Canada on October 26, 1991 was another top seller which sold for $571,500.

A custom-made black velvet and ivory gown, also designed by Catherine Walker, that was worn by Princess Diana to a private event sold for $508,000, eight times its original estimate of $60,000. Catherine Walker created some of Diana’s most iconic looks such as “The Elvis Dress.” Walker designed gowns as well as an entire wardrobe for royal tours. The designs Walker created showcased clean lines but offered design details that could be picked up on camera and stand out. Walker was one of Princess Diana’s favorite designers and created custom designs for her for over 16 years.

Some of the most glamorous costumes from The Golden Age of Hollywood were sold such as the beautiful Givenchy Couture pink evening dress worn by Audrey Hepburn in her iconic role of “Holly Golightly” in the classic film Breakfast at Tiffany’s which was the top selling item of this category and sold for $444,500, more than double its original estimate. Hepburn is seen in the dress towards the end of the film when the characters Holly and José (played by José Luis de Vilallonga) return from a night out. Hepburn’s wide brim straw hat worn in her role as “Jo Stockton” in Funny Face also made an appearance ($22,750).

Other exceptional style pieces in this category included:

  • Judy Garland’s “Manuela” wedding dress costume from The Pirate ($38,100);

  • Greta Garbo’s “Marguerite Gautier” Gilbert Adrian taffeta robe from Camille ($16,250);

  • Joan Crawford’s day-dress costume worn as the title role character Harriet Craig ($13,000);

  • Vivien Leigh’s “Emma Hamilton” Rene Hubert velvet gown from That Hamilton Woman! ($11,700); and more.

An exclusive collection featuring Hollywood Royal couple Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall’s most cherished pieces were offered for the first time at auction, including:

  • their matching wedding rings ($190,500);

  • Bacall’s famous whistle bracelet gifted to her by Bogart ($158,750);

  • Bogart gifted heart-shaped locket ($57,150); Bogart’s engraved tie clip ($6,500);

  • a Katherine Hepburn gifted The African Queen tiller ($6,500); and more.

Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall’s son Stephen Bogart commented, “My sister Leslie and I would like to thank Julien’s Auctions, Turner Classic Movies and Brooks Branch for their tremendous job bringing these important and dear artifacts to auction. Everyone was so lovely to work with and TCM helped to put a wonderful spotlight on my parents’ legacy. Kudos to all.”

Another top selling highlight of the event was the sale of William Shatner’s iconic Captain James T. Kirk’s Starfleet Command jacket from Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan($127,000). Shatner can be seen wearing this wool knit maroon jacket at many points in the film, including during the opening sequence. Other out of this world Star Treklots included a 24K gold-plated U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 model as seen used in Star Trek: The First Contact ($22,750) and the “U.S.S. Yeager” starship model as seen used in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine ($13,000).

From a galaxy far, far away, Star Wars highlights included the sale of Ewan McGregor as “Obi-Wan Kenobi’s” dueling lightsaber from Star Wars – Revenge of the Sith($91,000). This type lightsaber prop would have been utilized for Obi-Wan’s famous duel against his apprentice Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen), Count Dooku (Christopher Lee), and during a duel with General Grievous (Matthew Wood). An iconic DL-44 blaster as seen used by Harrison Ford as “Han Solo” in Star Wars – The Force Awakens also brought an impressive $39,000.

Other outstanding pieces sold were original production costume components like those seen as part of the full iconic slave costume worn by Carrie Fisher as “Princess Leia Organa” in Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi which was won by Carrie Fisher’s brother, Todd Fisher ($38,100).

“We are very happy to add this piece to the estates’ collection of Debbie and Carrie artifacts,” said Todd Fisher. “We have been working with Darren Julien of Julien’s Auctions for many decades. He has helped us acquire some very important pieces, including my mother’s birthday cake outfit from Singin’ in the Rain.”

From the wizarding world of Harry Potter came a number of production-used wands that broke Julien’s previous record sales of Harry Potter franchise wands sold in a single auction. Highlights include:

  • a “Severus Snape” wand prop used by Alan Rickman in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 ($29,250),

  • a “Dumbledore” Elder wand prop used by Michael Gambon in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (sold for $29,250 over two times its original estimate),

  • a “Harry Potter” wand used by Daniel Radcliffe in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 ($22,750),

  • and a pair of wand props used by Emma Watson as “Hermione Granger” ($19,500) and Rupert Grint as “Ron Weasley” in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1($10,400).

Iconic pop culture artifacts made their way to the auction podium, some being offered for the first time since their respected productions. Some notable highlights include:

  • a Xenomorph alien head from the Carlo Rambaldi Archives used in Alien ($50,800),

  • a “Mr. Black / Berserker” costume display from Predators ($26,000),

  • an “Alien Queen” large-scale model molded from castings from the production of Aliens ($25,400),

  • a filming miniature “Supersonic Spindrift” from the classic television series Land of the Giants ($45,500),

  • Peter Weller’s stunt RoboCop costume ($32,000), and many more.

Property from the life and career of Hollywood legend Dennis Hopper featured items such as art associated with Hopper’s friendship and artistic exchanges with American pop artist Ed Ruscha including a limited-edition copy of Ruscha’s Some Los Angeles Apartments inscribed by the photographer and with a handwritten note by Hopper ($19,050); a limited edition Ed Ruscha Various Small Fires artist book inscribed to Dennis Hopper in pencil by Ruscha ($15,875) and a Polaroid photograph of Hopper wearing a white shirt, brown vest, and a cowboy hat taken by and signed by Andy Warhol ($26,000).

“Our latest Hollywood auction, with our esteemed marketing partner TCM, featured a number of record sales of items such as pieces owned by Princess Diana, Audrey Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, and a marquee lineup of the most recognizable pop culture artifacts from the worlds of Star Trek, Star Wars, Harry Potter and more,” said Martin Nolan, Executive Director and Founder of Julien’s Auctions. “Buoyed by the tremendous success of this three-day sale – which brought in a record number of registrants and bidders from across the globe – we are already busy at work in the launch of our next Hollywood auction that will be a year-end spectacular as we celebrate Julien’s 20th anniversary.”

Other highlights included:

  • The Day the Earth Stood Still original special effects “Klaatu” flying saucer miniature ($26,000);

  • James Dean’s original oil painting of Miles Davis completed in 1954 ($29,250);

  • Michael York’s “Logan 5” Sandman ensemble from Logan’s Run ($19,500);

  • Blade Runner 2049 props including Harrison Ford’s “Rick Deckard stunt Pflager-Katsumata Series D “LAPD PK0D 2019” blaster prop ($32,500), and Ryan Gosling’s “K” stunt “LAPD 2049” blaster prop ($26,000);

  • A Terminator 2 – Judgement Day “Future War” Skynet Hunter Killer Tank ($34,925);

  • Matt Damon’s “Max Da Costa” HULC suit costume and chemrail gun from Elysium ($13,000);

  • Michael J. Fox’s Back to the Future Part II sunburst multiple ties ($16,250);

  • A Jack Nicholson signed “Joker” glove from Batman ($10,400);

  • Star Wars – The Force Awakens Daisy Ridley’s “Rey” NN-14 blaster prop ($16,250);

  • Star Wars – The Force Awakens Snowtrooper helmet prop ($15,875);

  • Pedro Pascal’s IB-94 blaster pistol prop from The Mandalorian ($13,000);

  • Daniel Craig’s “Spectre” ring from Spectre ($19,500);

  • Madonna’s “Gloria Tatlock” ensemble from Shanghai Surprise ($11,700);

  • Katherine Hepburn’s United States passport ($11,430) and more.

Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email:


New York Film Festival to Host Cinephile Game Night



The New York Film Festival is proud to welcome back Cinephile for a second year of Cinephile Game Night events during the festival at the EBM Amphitheater.

Featuring a mix of movie trivia and other popular Cinephile games like Six Degrees, Filmography, and Inglorious Basterd, Cinephile Game Night is a trivia night like no other. Featuring Cinephile: A Card Game creator Cory Everett and Cinephile Game Night co-hosts Jordan Raup and Conor O’Donnell, along with other special guests to be announced, the events will feature multiple trivia rounds including NYFF history and beyond, with chances to win tickets to this year’s edition and more prizes. Come meet and mingle with your fellow movie buffs for an evening of festival fun. There’s no need to bring Cinephile to participate––only your movie-loving brain is required. And all is free!

Cinephile Game Night is the ultimate trivia night for film nerds, movie geeks, and cinephiles. Since 2019, Cinephile has brought their one-of-a-kind live events to the Academy Museum, New York Film Festival, Fantastic Fest, Museum of the Moving Image, Alamo Drafthouse, and more. Cinephile: A Card Game will also available for purchase at the Alice Tully Hall merch booth during the festival.

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33 Seaport Hotel Hosts Artistic Nights with Paint and Sip Monthly Event



An unforgettable evening of creativity, camaraderie, and relaxation was found this week at 33 Seaport Hotel. Guided painting was hosted along with a lovely paint-by-numbers kit. Ticket included two drinks of your choice from a curated selection of  fine wines, crafted cocktails, and refreshing beers. The event will take place again in November ($65/person).

33 Seaport Hotel, a new boutique property managed by Crescent Hotels & Resorts, has opened in the heart of New York City’s Seaport District amidst the revitalization of the historic Lower Manhattan neighborhood. The 66-room hotel will be operated under the Latitudes: Lifestyles by Crescent brand of luxury hotels and joins more than 100 hotels and resorts in its U.S. and Canada portfolio. Featuring lavishly appointed rooms in an intimate, cozy atmosphere, 33 Seaport Hotel is designed for the modern, experienced traveler seeking a departure from the saturation and bustle of Manhattan’s more well-trodden neighborhoods.

“The Seaport District has a completely unique character that you won’t find in any other part of the city. It is rooted in the earliest period of Manhattan’s history and yet is constantly changing and being reborn.” said Michael George, President and CEO of Crescent Hotels & Resorts. “For visitors who are familiar with New York and are looking for a fresh, more authentic experience enhanced by personalized service, luxurious comfort and elegant style, 33 Seaport Hotel is a welcoming escape”


While the hotel’s name is derived from its address, the number 33 is rich in symbolism befitting both the hotel’s and the neighborhood’s sense of renewal. The number is said to signify new beginnings, creative talents, growth, and abundance.


33 Seaport Hotel’s guest rooms are adorned with thoughtfully curated, European-influenced design elements inspired by the history of the surrounding community that reflect the youthful energy of the neighborhood’s rejuvenated spirit. Design details include handcrafted teak millwork, white marble, rain showers and handcrafted Italian furnishings. Free high-speed Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel, along with an array of amenities including a 24/7 fitness center, concierge services and signature amenities such as locally made chocolates and welcome drinks.



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Barry Manilow’s and Bruce Sussman’s Harmony Meets The Press Part 2



Yesterday we told you how the cast and creative’s met the press

The cast and creatives

In today’s edition hear director Warren Carlyle, Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman describe their show.

The it was a treat as the cast sang 5 songs from the show. Including “Harmony,” Hungarian Rhapsody,” “Where You Go’ and “Stars in the Night.”

Hear The Harmonists Sean Bell, Danny Kornfeld, Zal Owen, Eric Peters, Blake Roman and Steven Telsey, along with Chip Zien, Sierra Boggess and Julie Benko.

The hit song of the show will be the gorgeous ballad “Every Single Day” sung by Danny Kornfeld.

Harmony begins previews at the Barrymore Theatre on Wednesday, October 18, ahead of a Monday, November 13 official opening night.

Photo’s by Genevieve Rafter Keddy


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The Glorious Corner



G.H. Harding

JESSE L MARTIN — We caught the debut of Jesse L. Martin’s The Irrational Monday night and really enjoyed it. I’ve been aware of Jesse since his role in Broadway’s Rent and he’s really tremendous. He was great on Law & Order as Ed Green (10 years and 9 seasons); and his role on the CW’s The Flash (as Joe West) was simply terrific.

The show, based on the book by Dan Ariely and created by Arika Mittman, certainly reminds one of The Mentalist or Instinct. This first case isn’t wondrous by any means, but Martin’s charisma carries it all through.

Lauren Holly (NCIS) is in it too, thought her one-scene was over and out in a flash.

I hear the third episode of the show is magnificent, so stay tuned. Don Johnson said many years ago that Don Johnson was made for TV … so is Martin!

Will Swenson and Neil Diamond

SWENSON OUT — (per Deadline) Will Swenson will play his final performance as Neil Diamond in Broadway’s A Beautiful Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical on Sunday, Oct. 29, producers announced today.

A replacement for the starring role will be announced at a future date.

“It’s been the thrill of a lifetime to get to stand in Neil’s shoes,” Swenson said in a statement. “It’s been such an incredible honor to get to know Neil, to tell his powerful story, and bring his amazing songs to Broadway audiences every night. I’m immensely proud of the moving, beautiful show we made. I will miss it very much.”

A reason for Swenson’s departure was not disclosed, but his planned departure date suggests a year-long contract coming to a close: He and the bio-musical began previews at the Broadhurst Theatre last Nov. 2 (official opening was Dec. 4).

“Making A Beautiful Noise with Will Swenson was a deep and wonderful experience,” said director Michael Mayer. “The true affection he has for Neil’s work and life is palpable in every aspect of his tremendous performance. I will miss him terribly, of course, but will always treasure our time together, and very much look forward to the next show we do.”

Swenson has been one of Broadway’s go-to leading men since his breakthrough performance in 2009’s Hair, and he has since starred on the New York stage in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Little Miss Sunshine, Waitress and Assassins, among many other shows.

In addition to Swenson, the cast of A Beautiful Noise features a principal cast of Mark Jacoby as the aged Neil Diamond, Robyn Hurder and Shirine Babb.

The musical includes a score of Diamond’s hits, a book by Anthony McCarten, direction by Mayer, and choreography by Steven Hoggett.

He’s pretty tremendous as Diamond. I didn’t see the show straight away, but absolutely loved it when I did. His exit of kind of short notice … but let’s see what happens.

SHORT TAKES — How about those snappy new graphics for NBC’s Today Show. Introduced a week ago, they certainly look more relevant and certainly more fun. They did the same for Nightly News a week ago. Per TVNewser:The network said the decision to unveil a new logo and graphics for Nightly was made as a way of appealing to younger viewers who primarily consume news using digital media. It’s safe to assume is true for Today, the youngest-skewing of the linear morning shows that boasts a robust digital presence. Here’s their whole story:,effects%20as%20the%20previous%20design%20%E2%80%A6

The Rolling Stones

The next Rolling Stones single, “Sweet Sounds of Heaven,” is tremendous. Mick hasn’t sounded this good in years and Lady Gaga is an added treat. Magnificent! Take a listen:

Donnie Kehr

Donnie Kehr and Cori Gardner’s Rockers On Broadway (their 30th edition) is coming up on Monday, October 16 at SONY Hall. 

Debbie Gibson

Joining honoree Melissa Etheridge will be KT Tunstall and Debbie Gibson, Simon Kirke, Dan Finnerty and Ty Taylor … Happy Bday Chuck Taylor!

NAMES IN THE NEWS –— Anthony Noto; Tom & Lisa Cuddy; Paul Lester; Ian Harrison; Magda Katz; Pete Townshend; Miko Blanco; Brad LeBeau; Mal Evans; Derek Taylor; Andrew Sandoval; Rick Rubin; Bill Adler; Cory Robbins; Manny Bella; Race Taylor; Scott Shannon; Buddy Blanch; Steve Walter; Benny Harrison; and BELLA!

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Barry Manilow’s and Bruce Sussman’s Harmony Meets The Press



Harmony, has been in rehearsals for 3 weeks and yesterday morning, they meet the press.

Barry Manilow

Barry Manilow

Barry Manilow

Barry Manilow, wrote the original music.

Bruce Sussman

Bruce Sussman, who wrote the book and lyrics

Warren Carlyle

Warren Carlyle

director/choreographer Warren Carlyle

Ken Davenport

and producer Ken Davenport started the show off to a harmonious roll. Harmony begins previews Wednesday, October 18, ahead of a Monday, November 13 official opening night.

Many of the cast are making their Broadway debuts with Harmony, including 5 of the 6 actors playing the Harmonists.

The Harmonists, along with Chip Zien finished out the morning with a performance of the song “Stars in the Night.”

Chip Zien

The production also stars performers Sierra Boggess and Julie Benko.

Sierra Boggess

Julie Benko

Tomorrow meet the men of Harmony

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