Lauren Bacall’s Jewelry to Be Auctioned at Bonhams

More than 740 pieces of jewelry, furniture, and art will be up for grabs

Items belonging to Lauren Bacall, the smokey-voiced film star who became a Hollywood icon through her roles in How to Marry a Millionaire and The Big Sleep, among others, are the subject of an upcoming auction at Bonhams.

The Distinguished Collection of Lauren Bacall—featuring more than 740 pieces of jewelry, art, and furniture that belonged to the actress, who passed away last summer, a month before her 90th birthday—will go on view to the public at Bonhams’ Madison Avenue galleries March 25–30, before going up for auction March 31 and April 1.

Courtesy Warner Bros.

Lauren Bacall and a pearl necklace—the actress loved sleek, statement-making jewelry.

The catalog for the auction, which is roughly 375 pages, is a testament to the actress’ incredible taste. Lots include gorgeous, gemstone-heavy pieces jewelry from designer Jean Schlumberger, provincial furniture, tribal works of art, prints, and paintings.

Bacall collected many of the items when setting up house in Los Angeles in the 1950s with her first husband, Humphrey Bogart, but pieces also hail from her former country home in Amagansett, New York, and her final residence—at the Dakota overlooking Central Park, which she shared with second husband, Jason Robards, until their 1969 split.

The $50 catalog grants buyers entry to the preview and the ability to register for the sale. 


Courtesy Bonhams

A Jean Schlumberger–designed ring, which belonged to Lauren Bacall, poised for auction

The auction coincides neatly with an exhibition currently running at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York (FIT), to which Bacall donated more than 700 pieces of clothing to over the years. The exhibition, Lauren Bacall: The Look, will run through April 4 at FIT and notably showcases designer creations from Norman Norell, Marc Bohan for Christian Dior, Pierre Cardin, Yves Saint Laurent, and Ungaro.

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