JULIEN’S AUCTIONS & TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES (TCM) Present ‘TRADER VIC’S TIKI PARADISE COLLECTION’

Trader Vic's in Beverly Hill's legendary Tiki Paradise furnishings, decor & more heading to Julien's Auctions TCM

More than 100 Polynesian-Themed Furnishings, Artwork, Décor, and More From the Legendary Los Angeles Restaurant and Storied Celebrity Destination Offered for the First Time at Auction

Los Angeles, California – (June 19th, 2024) – Grab your grass skirt, Hawaiian shirt, and umbrella drink as Julien’s Auctions and Turner Classic Movie (TCM), the ultimate destination for Hollywood memorabilia auctions, is throwing the ultimate island party “TRADER VIC’S TIKI PARADISE COLLECTION,” a celebration of the legendary Los Angeles institution and long running celebrity destination taking place Friday, July 12th live and online at juliensauctions.com.

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“In this exclusive summertime auction with TCM, Julien’s is paying tribute to the legendary and beloved institution that was the toast of Hollywood, Trader Vic’s,” said David Goodman, CEO of Julien’s Auctions. “These treasures from a bygone era and aesthetic represent the glamour and fascination of Tiki culture and Trader Vic’s unique place in Hollywood history and lore.”

As the mid-century aesthetic of Tiki culture and style became popular in the ’50s and ’60s, Trader Vic’s at the Beverly Hilton Hotel was the glamourous Polynesian playground that beckoned Hollywood. Opening on August 11th, 1955, the Rat Pack to Golden Age of Hollywood stars such as Marilyn Monroe and Marlon Brando, flocked to the sprawling tropical style watering hole and restaurant with its poolside tiki bar to enjoy Trader Vic’s world famous mai tais and pupu platters.

Trader Vic’s would become synonymous with Hollywood’s tiki craze with Elvis’ films shot in Hawaii to South Pacific and Beach Blanket Bingo and the restaurant’s iconic island-style décor and furnishings, in addition to its menu, would captivate all who came through its doors.

Julien’s Auctions and TCM invites you to take home a piece of Trader Vic’s Tiki paradise with their auction of more than 100 Polynesian-themed furnishings, including monkey pod dining tables, hand-carved wood totem poles, art, and many other one-of-a-kind items that once adorned the south seas-style Hollywood landmark

Highlights include: large tiki totem pole (estimate: $600 – $800); a white metal sign featuring the original Trader Vic’s logo of a Papua New Guinean mask with a spear and club and cut copper letters that read “Trader Vic’s” above an arrow (estimate: $300 – $500) (photo above right); a wood maritime ship wheel with the handles (estimate: $700 – $900) (photo above left); a group of nine hand-carved and hand-painted decorative panels (estimate: $400 – $600); a large carved wood canoe that was used as decor at Trader Vic’s (estimate: $300 – $500) (photo above); a vintage black velvet painting of a Polynesian man wearing a lavalava while holding and blowing into a conch shell housed in a bamboo frame and signed ” – Erwin – / Honolulu” by Bill Erwin, one of the most prominent mid-century artists in Hawaii (estimate: $300 – $500) (photo right); a vintage wicker fishing trap with a glass bulb wrapped with netting on a rope (estimate: $200 – $300); an aquamarine glass fishing float wrapped in a vintage fishing net (estimate: $100 – $200); and more.

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About Turner Classic Movies (TCM)

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is a two-time Peabody Award-winning network that presents classic films, uncut and commercial-free, from the largest film libraries in the world highlighting “Where Then Meets Now.” TCM features insights from Primetime host Ben Mankiewicz along with hosts Alicia Malone, Dave Karger, Jacqueline Stewart and Eddie Muller, plus interviews with a wide range of special guests and serves as the ultimate movie lover destination. With three decades as a leading authority in classic film, TCM offers critically acclaimed series like The Essentials and Reframed along with annual programming events like 31 Days of Oscar® and Summer Under the Stars. TCM also directly connects with movie fans through popular events such as the annual TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood and the TCM Classic Cruise. In addition, TCM produces the wildly successful podcast “The Plot Thickens,” which has had more than 9 million downloads to date. TCM hosts a wealth of material online at tcm.com and through the Watch TCM mobile app. Fans can also enjoy a classic movie experience on the TCM hub on Max.

WHERE
LIVE AND ONLINE AUCTION: FRIDAY, JULY 12TH, 2024