Princess Diana Dress Sold @ $1.1 Million, New World Record at Julien’s Auctions & TCM “Hollywood Legends” $7 Million Biggest Sale in Julien’s History

JULIEN’S AUCTIONS & TCM PRESENT:
“HOLLYWOOD LEGENDS” 

NETS OVER $7 MILLION–MOST SUCCESSFUL HOLLYWOOD MEMORABILIA AUCTION IN JULIEN’S
20 YEAR HISTORY + NEW WORLD RECORD IN
FOUR-DAY BLOCKBUSTER AUCTION

 
Princess Diana’s Jacques Azagury 1985 Ballerina-Length 
Evening Dress with Illustration Sold for $1,148,080 (11X Estimate), New World Record for Most Expensive Dress Worn by Princess Diana Sold at Auction
 
Princess Diana’s Iconic 1981 Engagement Portrait Blush Pink Chiffon Emanuels Blouse Sold for $381,000
(5X Estimate)

 
“The Big Lebowski: The Complete Storyboards Auction” Nets Total $799,943 in 25th Anniversary Film Auction of Items from the Coen Brothers Comedy Classic including Jeff Bridges’ Iconic “The Dude” Shirt and Robe Ensemble, Sunglasses, Bowling Ball Return, Signed Commemorative Bowling Pins and
J. Todd Anderson’s Storyboards  

 
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Hero E.T. Special Effects Head Sold for $635,000
 
Lost in Space Robot Model B-9 Sold for $455,000
Bruce Lee’s Screen-Used Fist of Fury
Nunchaku Sold for 
$162,500

Fantastic Voyage “Proteus” Submarine Model
Sold for $158,750 

 
Phantom of the Opera Academy Award Sold for $104,000

Los Angeles, California – (December 17th, 2023) ) Julien’s Auctions and Turner Classic Movies (TCM)–the ultimate destination for Hollywood memorabilia–concluded today “HOLLYWOOD LEGENDS,” netting over $7 million–Julien’s most successful Hollywood memorabilia auction in its 20-year history–that realized a world record with 16,351 registered bids from bidders across the globe such as the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Japan, Australia, Sweden, Italy, Hong Kong, Israel, The Netherlands, Ireland, Austria, Finland, Uruguay, South Korea, New Zealand and Switzerland, who participated live, online and on the phone at Julien’s Auctions in Los Angeles.
 
The top-selling item of the four-day year end blockbuster was a piece synonymous with the Princess of Wales’ royal elegance and eternal grace–her beautiful, romantic ballerina-length evening dress designed by Moroccan-British fashion designer Jacques Azagury for the Princess that she wore in Florence, Italy April 23, 1985 along with a matching illustration that sold for an astounding $1,148,080 eleven times its original estimate of $100,000. Julien’s now holds the new world record for most expensive dress worn by Princess Diana sold at auction (previous auction record was $604,800). The dress with padded shoulder pads features a black velvet bodice with embroidered stars in metallic thread made from Jakob Schlaepher fabric with a two-tier royal blue organza skirt with a sash and bow. The ballerina skirt was the perfect nod to Diana’s love of dance and her being a patron of The English National Ballet. Diana would wear numerous dresses and gowns by Azagury throughout her reign. 
 
A blush pink chiffon Emanuels blouse worn in her famous 1981 engagement portrait that became one of the most iconic images ever taken of Princess Diana sold today for $381,000 nearly four times its original estimate of $80,000. The engagement of Prince Charles and Lady Diana was announced shortly after the photo shoot and the image, captured by Lord Snowden, was used as an official engagement photograph that was featured in the February 1981 issue of Vogue.  Emanuel sold this blouse from her archive in 2010. This blouse was previously on display at Kensington Palace in London as part of the exhibition Diana: Her Fashion Story that ran from February 24, 2017 to February 17, 2019.
 
The two pieces were sold today in Julien’s Auctions and Turner Classic Movies (TCM) grand finale event “Glamour, Grace & Greatness: Classic Hollywood Auction” concluding the year end four-day blockbuster that featured a number of firsts in Julien’s history including an inaugural evening session held on the first day at the Beverly Hilton. Over 1,100 of the most famous and instantly recognizable pop culture artifacts ever to come to auction were sold with a spectacular line-up of props, costumes, models, memorabilia and beyond from some of the most iconic characters of film and television’s most popular science fiction, fantasy, action and superhero franchises, as well as garments from the world’s most glamourous style icons from the Golden Age of Hollywood to today’s modern new classics with special celebration spotlights on “100 Years of Warner Bros.” and “The Big Lebowski” presented.
 
The first evening session’s top auction headliners came from E.T. The Extra Terrestrial and the classic science fiction series of the 1960s, Lost In Space. An original hero mechanical animatronic E.T. head created by the legendary Carlo Rambaldi and as seen throughout Steven Spielberg’s E.T. The Extra Terrestrialsold for an astounding $635,000. One of the most famous and legendary robots of all time, Model B-9 “The Robot” from the pioneering science fiction series of the 1960s, Lost In Space sold for $455,000.
 
Day 2 dazzled with the sales of Bruce Lee whose screen-used Fist of Furynunchaku sold for $162,500, Fantastic Voyage “Proteus” submarine model sold for $158,750 and a collection of Harry Potter character wands that exceeded expectations such as wands from Harry Potter (sold for $69,850), Ron Weasley (sold for $76,200) Hermione Granger (sold for $28,575) and Lord Voldemort (sold for $57,150).
 
Day 3 celebrated the 25th anniversary of one of the most beloved and coolest comedy film classics of all time with “The Big LebowskiThe Complete Storyboards Auction” which sold over 250 items including 400 original hand-drawn storyboards, screen-used wardrobe items, commemorative bowling pins signed by Jeff Bridges and more, that netted $799,943. A portion of the proceeds from each lot will go towards Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign. Highlights included: Jeff Bridges’ “The Dude” shirt and robe sold for $169,000 (5X estimate), “The Dude” sunglasses sold for $88,900 (4X estimate), Ten Jeff Bridges’ signed and doodled bowling pins sold for a total $54,960, signed Hollywood Star Lanes film set bowling ball return sfor $16,250 (16X estimate) and the complete storyboards by J. Todd Anderson of all of The Big Lebowski’s famous film scenes Including “Scattering Donny’s Ashes Scene” sold for $19,500 (39X estimate) and cover art sketch sold for $13,000 (26X estimate).
 
Day 4 paid homage to the “Glamour, Grace & Greatness” of Classic Hollywood stars such as Audrey Hepburn with the appearance of her costumes worn in her memorable role as Regina “Reggie” Lampert in the film Charade. Hepburn’s iconic cream wool Givenchy dress sold for $58,500 (estimate: $30,000 – $50,000) and Givenchy marigold wool coat sold for $29,250 as well as her personal wardrobe such as Hepburn’s 1950 black plaid wool blazer with black faille shawl lapel sold for $13,000 and 1959 photo worn tweed coat sold for $16,250 (estimate: $8,000-$10,000).
 
Costume designer Edith Head signed white gown costume illustration for Grace Kelly worn in her iconic role as Frances “Francie” Stevens in Alfred Hitchcock’s classic To Catch A Thief sold today for $34,925, seven times its estimate of $5,000. Gloria Swanson’s dramatic black satin sleeveless gown worn in her iconic role as Norma Desmond in Billy Wilder’s noir classic Sunset Boulevardsold for $26,000 (estimate: $10,000-$20,000). The blue and white cotton gingham pinafore worn by Margaret O’Brien as Tootie Smith in Meet Me in St. Louis, co-starring Judy Garland sold for $10,160 (estimate: $4,000-$6,000).

LIST

Other auction highlights included:

  • Harrison Ford’s rope bridge machete from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom sold for $65,000
  • Phantom of the Opera Academy award sold for $104,000
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger Conan The Destroyer sword sold for $45,500
  • Johnny Depp “Jack Sparrow” hero vintage 18th century dueling pistols from Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides sold for $45,500
  • Chris Evans “Captain America” hero shield from Captain America: The First Avenger sold for $65,000 and Chris Evans “Captain America/Steve Rogers” USO Shield from Captain America: The First Avenger sold for $22,750
  • Robert Downey Jr. “Iron Man” Mark 46 Helmet from Captain America: Civil War sold for $39,000 and Robert Downey Jr. “Iron Man” Mark II Helmet from Iron Man sold for $39,000
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger “Mr. Freeze” ensemble and Freeze Ray Gun from Batman & Robin sold for $63,500
  • Billy Campbell’s The Rocketeer ensemble worn in the film as his character “Cliff Secord/The Rocketeer” sold for $35,750
  • Thomas F. Wilson’s “Griff Tannen” P.I.T. Bull Hoverboard prop from Back to The Future Part II sold for $32,500
  • Bruce Willis’ “John McLane” from Die Hard and Mel Gibson’s “Martin Riggs” from Lethal Weapon MP5 stunt machine gun prop sold $19,500
  • Robert Englund’s “Freddy Krueger” glove from A Nightmare on Elm Street 4-The Dream Master and Freddy’s Dead – The Final Nightmare sold for $34,925 and Robert Englund’s “Freddy Krueger” fedora from A Nightmare on Elm Street 3-Dream Warriors sold for $13,000
  • Daisy Ridley’s “Rey” NN-14 blaster prop from Star Wars-The Force Awakens sold for $28,575
  • Richard Harris’ “Albus Dumbledore” original gold-tone glasses from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets sold for $19,050
  • Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea FS-1 submarine filming miniature sold for $34,925
  • Original Muffit II Daggit costume from the television series, Battlestar Galactica sold for $35,750
  • Buck Rogers in the 25th Century Felix Silla “Twiki” (the sidekick to Buck Rogers and voiced by legend, Mel Blanc) costume sold for $35,750
  • A “Number 5” remote control model from Short Circuit 2 sold for $26,000
  • Peter Mayhew and Joonas Suotamo “Chewbacca” Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens Bowcaster Weapon prop sold for $32,500
  • Harrison Ford “Han Solo” Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force AwakensDL-44 Blaster prop sold for $29,250
  • The Mandalorian Covert Member Helmet Prop sold for $26,000
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Original Golden Snitch prop sold for $26,000
  • “Professor Albus Dumbledore” Elder Wand prop in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix sold for $22,750
  • “Severus Snape” Wand Prop in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Princesold for $29,250
  • Hall of Prophecy Orb with Stand from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix sold for $15,875
  • Rocky II “Revised Final Draft” script sold for $10,400
WHO

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 the 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 more than two decades as a leading authority in classic film, TCM offers critically acclaimed series like The Essentials, 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, the TCM Big Screen Classics screening series, and the TCM Classic Cruise. In addition, TCM produces the wildly successful podcast “The Plot Thickens,” which has had more than 7 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.

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