I'm sort of surprised at the lack of variation in both color and style of her clothing.
Of course, she rarely wore all those "little black dresses." She walked around Manhattan every day in men's slacks and shoes.
There's also an auction of the piano from "Casablanca" - expected to get into seven figures.
Not the type of stuff I bid on. I got an open box of cereal from the Lena Horne estate. That's the kind of poignant ephemera I tend to be drawn to.
There are a couple things I'd like to buy but I'm broke
Love the coolie hats. Mark my words, bitches, those are ready for a comeback, and when it happens, it's going to be HUGE!
Anyone buy anything?
Casablance piano went for $650,000.
Many of Garbo's items went for under $500.00
[quote]Many of Garbo's items went for under $500.00
I hate to say it, but Greta Garbo isn't all that well-known to the general public anymore.
There was a lot of stuff in the sale that wasn't owned at any time by Garbo.
But the numbers were fairly high. I hope someone at the Met had the sense to buy some of Garbo's Valentina dresses.
An auction of film legend Greta Garbo's belongings got off to a roaring start on Friday, with her clothing, jewellery and other memorabilia fetching more than ten times pre-sale estimates in many cases.
Bidding was brisk and high as more than 800 items belonging to the reclusive Swedish actress, including the bed she slept in, went up for sale over two days at Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills.
A 1930s black velvet evening dress with an estimated value of about $1,200 (742 pounds) sold on Friday for $13,750. The winning bid for three leather driving caps worn by Garbo in a 1924 car advertisement was $15,000, compared with an estimate of $200.
Her U.S. passport issued in 1964, which carried an estimate of $3,000-$5,000, fetched $15,000.
All the items come from the estate of Greta Garbo, who died in 1990 in New York at the age of 84 after retiring from movies and public life in 1941.
Her great-nephew Derek Reisfield told Reuters when the auction was announced in August that the family had kept her belongings in storage before deciding to sell them.
The collection includes vintage and designer dresses, shoes, furniture and photos from Garbo's Hollywood heyday, as well as the platform bed she designed using antique Swedish carvings to reflect her Scandinavian heritage. The bed, due to be sold later in the auction, carries an estimate of $800-$1,200.
Among other early items sold on Friday was a single page Swedish summary bank statement from 1956 that fetched $1,125, a Swedish military jacket ($4,062), and a 1960s silk brocade evening coat ($12,800).
The buyers for the various items were not immediately known.
Garbo started her Hollywood career in silent movies such as 1927's "Flesh and the Devil" and was among the few actors to successfully transition to talkies, becoming iconic not only for her beauty, but for her brains and the streak of independence she displayed on film and in her personal life.
Greta Garbo's Personal Belongings Sell For $1.6 Million At Auction
Greta Garbo may have been mysterious, but there's no doubting she was loved.
The movie star's personal possessions, including her sunglasses, shoes and furs, brought in an unexpected $1.6 million at auction this weekend -- proving the "Anna Karenina" star is as beloved as other Hollywood icons.
“Greta Garbo commanded Marilyn Monroe prices today,” Martin Nolan, the Executive Director of Julien’s Auctions, which hosted the event, said (via The Wrap). “Her beauty, extraordinary screen presence and fashion trending style were proven to be timeless in this extraordinary two-day event.”
Among her belongings auctioned off were her sunglasses, which sold for $13,750, as well as her Louis Vuitton steamer trunk ($37,500), antique gold pocket knife ($8,960), driving caps ($15,000), jewelry set ($9,600), Ferragamo shoes ($8,125), Maltese cross brooch ($13,750), Valentina Ottoman silk overcoat ($11,520) and velvet black turban ($12,800).
The event brought in three times the estimated take at pre-auction.
Garbo was a Swedish-born actress who rose to stardom during Hollywood's silent and classic eras. She was nominated for four Academy Awards for her roles in films like "Anna Christie" and "Camille" and received an honorary Oscar in 1954 for her "luminous and unforgettable screen performances."
Garbo retired in 1941 and died in 1990 at the age of 84.