The Big Lebowski Auction: Jeff Bridges’ “The Dude” Shirt, Robe & Sunglasses, Complete Storyboards, Signed Bowling Pins at Julien’s Auctions TCM

“The Dude” Auction Takes Place Third Day of “Hollywood Legends” Week Long Auction Event Featuring Over 1,000 of the Most Famous and Instantly Recognizable Pop Culture Artifacts on Saturday, December 16th in Los Angeles

JULIEN’S AUCTIONS AND TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES (TCM) SALUTES TO THE TWENTY-FIFTH ANNIVERSARY OF “THE BIG LEBOWSKI” AT “HOLLYWOOD LEGENDS”

Complete Storyboards by J. Todd Anderson of All of The Big Lebowski’s Famous Film Scenes Including the White Russian, Jesus Quintana, and Bowling Scenes

Jeff Bridges’ Iconic “The Dude” Shirt, Robe and Sunglasses Worn in the Coen Brothers Classic Comedy

A Portion of Proceeds of this Special Auction to Benefit Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign

Los Angeles, California – (November 27th, 2023) – Julien’s Auctions and Turner Classic Movies (TCM) – the ultimate destination for Hollywood memorabilia auctions – will pay homage to the Hollywood cult-classic phenomenon that is celebrating its 25th anniversary, “The Big Lebowski: The Complete Storyboards Auction” as part of “Julien’s Auctions and TCM Present: Hollywood LEGENDS” Thursday, December 14th, Friday, December 15th, and Saturday, December 16th, Sunday, December 17th in Beverly Hills and online at julienslive.com.

The special auction event featuring over 250 items from storyboards, costumes, and more, all celebrating The Big Lebowski, will take place Day Three of the year-end auction spectacular celebrating Julien’s Auctions’ two decades as the industry’s leading Hollywood auction house. A portion of the proceeds from each lot will go to Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign. No Kid Hungry is a national campaign that is working to end childhood hunger in the United States, run by the national nonprofit organization Share Our Strength. Launched in 2010, the No Kid Hungry campaign equips schools and community organizations across the country with the technical assistance, funds and resources they need to connect kids to the food they need to thrive. (photo left: Jeff Bridges signed film replica bowling pin).

“The Dude” auction joins Julien’s and TCM’s previously announced lineup of over 1,000 of the most famous and instantly recognizable pop culture artifacts ever to come to auction.

Since its world premiere at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival twenty-five years ago, the Coen Brothers’ independent film The Big Lebowski went on to become one of the world’s greatest and most enduring cult classics of all time. It is one of the most quotable and pop culture defining films from the 90s that spawned legions of pseudo religious followers of Dudeism who practice the laidback lifestyle and philosophy of the film’s hero “The Dude” played by Jeff Bridges.

In an exclusive video filmed for TCM and Julien’s https://youtu.be/Zmfk8j9nD3I Jeff Bridges talks about the iconic film and shows some of the iconic items on offer at the auction.

Jeff Bridges “Jeffrey” The Dude ensemble (estimate: $30,000 - $50,000)

A light brown knitted fleece bathrobe and an off-white cotton Jockey T-shirt worn by Jeff Bridges in The Big Lebowski. This ensemble appears in the opening scene of the film, when The Dude walks through a Ralph’s grocery store and drinks from a carton of milk when the Stranger (Sam Elliott) introduces the now iconic character to the audience. In the following scene, when the Dude approaches and enters his home, he is wearing this ensemble when he’s attacked by Jackie Treehorn’s (Ben Gazzara) enforcers as well as other scenes when the Dude pours himself a Caucasian. The Dude also wears this type of T-shirt at various points throughout the film, including at Hollywood Star Lanes bowling alley. Includes a DVD of the film.

Jeff Bridges “Jeffrey” The Dude sunglasses (estimate: $20,000 – $30,000)

An original pair of sunglasses as seen worn by Jeff Bridges in The Big Lebowski. This pair of sunglasses features nylon frames with material flaking present throughout, as well as amber-colored polycarbonate lenses and appears throughout the film, and is notably in the opening scene of the film, when The Dude walks through a Ralph’s grocery store and drinks from a carton of milk and the diner scene with Walter Sobchak (John Goodman) discussing the toe with green nail polish that was believed to belong to Bunny Lebowski (Tara Reid).

“The Big Lebowski: “The Official Storyboards” (estimate: $500 – 700 each).

The entire film’s storyboards all created by J. Todd Anderson, famous for laying out the storyboards, scene by scene, for all of the Coen Brothers’ cinematic masterpieces going back to Raising Arizona. It is rare for any directors to do storyboards for every scene in the film, but that is the method created with the Coen Brothers and J. Todd Anderson. Created with brush, pencil, pen, and ink on standard bond paper they include handwritten text stating scenes such as: “Tumbleweed Scene,” “Grocery Store Scene,” “Bungalow Scene,” “Home Invasion Scene,” “Bowling Scene” (photo right) “Big Lebowski Mansion Scene” and more.

This “end-to-end” storyboard collection auction is a first for the industry and is expected to garner significant excitement among movie fans around the world.

Jeff Bridges also signed memorabilia such as donated film replica bowling pins that he made unique doodles on, a bowling ball return from the set of the production (photo) and other memorabilia as part of this special auction.
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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 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 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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You know that moment when the lights dim, right before your favorite band starts playing? Or that feeling right before the credits roll on a movie that changed your whole world in an instant?

The air is charged with anticipation and words are never going to do it justice because you just really had to be there.

At Julien’s, we exist to bring those moments back into your life through iconic artifacts and one-of-a-kind collections. Whether collaborating directly with artists, partnering with legendary estates, or working closely with discerning collectors, our auctions make culture pop with the promise of discovery and reconnection. From Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, and Ringo Starr to Lady Gaga, Banksy, and Kurt Cobain—from LA to the world, we are where originals find their kind.

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