TCM has paired with Bonhams again for another classic-film themed auction, this time called “Treasures from the Dream Factory.”  Everything is up for grabs on November 23.

There are a few Clark Gable items; some of them I know I have seen sold at auction before, either on Ebay or in the 1996 Estate Auction.

Clark’s personal bound screenplay for “The Hucksters.” (est. $3,000-$5,000)

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Clark Gable bound screenplay of The Hucksters
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1947. Mimeographed manuscript, screenplay by Luther Davis, 135 pp, November 15, 1946 (with revision pages as late as April 2, 1947), housed in yellow Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer wrappers, with Script Department label to upper front cover, stamped “Complete,” with Script Department checkout notes to verso of cover, bound in calfskin with the film’s title gilt to upper cover and spine, “Clark Gable” to lower right, with eight 8 x 10 in. stills laid down to insert pages, and two loose vintage magazine clippings related to the film. In The Hucksters, Gable stars as an advertising man readjusting to post-War American life and fighting to keep his integrity. It costars Deborah Kerr, Ava Gardner, and Sydney Greenstreet.
A Clark Gable-worn collar from Gone with the Wind (est. $2,500-$3,500)
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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1939. A stiff white cotton collar with a label from tailor J.T. Beach, Los Angeles, inscribed in black ink, “Gable 20-108 M-124.” Together with two black and white stills of Gable and Vivien Leigh in Gone with the Wind.
Group of Three Clark Gable Membership Cards (est. $2,000-$3,000)
Comprising an American Federation of Television and Radio Artists membership card, paid to May 1, 1960; a Screen Actors Guild membership card, dated November 13, 1959; and an Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences membership card for 1960, all displayed in acrylic cases. Gable died on November 16, 1960, so these were likely his last membership cards from these entertainment industry institutions.
Clark Gable-Gifted miniature Pen Knife/Corkscrew (est. $2,000-$3,000)
Gilt metal, engraved on one side, “R.L.,” and on the other side, “Xmas 58 / The Gables.” Accompanied by a photograph of Clark Gable.
Length: 2 in.
Wonder who “R.L” was?
Al Hirschfeld Drawing of Clark Gable in Gone with the Wind (est. $3,000-$4,000)
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Ink on paper, signed (“Hirschfeld”) at lower right corner, matted and framed. Depicting Gable as Rhett Butler, with cigar in hand.
Overall: 26 3/4 x 29 1/2 in.; within mat: 16 1/2 x 19 1/4 in.
Clark Gable’s Last Agent Contract (est. $900-$1,200)
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Document signed (“Clark Gable”), MCA Artists, Ltd., 1 p, March 7, 1958, also signed by agent George Chasin, and additionally initialed by Gable and Chasin. Together with a portrait photograph and a program on an AMPAS exhibit of Engstead’s photographs picturing Gable. This is Gable’s final three-year renewal contract with MCA agent George Chasin, whom Gable credited with making his film career more financially successful than ever before.
Document: 10 1/2 x 17 in.
Clark Gable Signed Legal Document Concerning Carole Lombard
(est. $900-$1,200)
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Document Signed (“Clark Gable”) on verso of creditor’s claim of the Superior Court of Los Angeles, partially printed and accomplished in manuscript, 1 p, February 26, 1942. Together with a small vintage photograph of Gable mounted on construction paper, and a later reprint photograph of Gable and Lombard.
Actress Carole Lombard, Clark Gable’s beloved wife, died in a plane crash on January 16, 1942; it was a devastating blow for Gable. This claim was presented to Gable, acting as executor of Lombard’s estate, by florist Delmar Mote for a bill of $420.76.
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There are many interesting items for classic film fans: one of the infamous blue dresses worn by Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz (estimated to fetch $800,00-$1.2 million!), George Cukor’s shooting script for A Star is Born, Marilyn Monroe’s suit from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Lana Turner’s nightgown from Honky Tonk, Rex Harrison’s coat from Doctor Dolittle, Sophia Loren’s wedding dress from Houseboat,  Frank Capra’s Golden Globe for It’s a Wonderful Life, Norma Shearer’s personally owned script of Romeo and Juliet signed by the entire cast, a signed photograph of Rudolph Valentino, a golden ticket from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Charlie Chaplin’s working script for Limelight, original World War I photographs of Walt Disney, lots of original Disney drawings and celluloids, and three gorgeous never-before-seen original pictures of Vivien Leigh in Gone with the Wind. If you know a Natalie Wood fan, let them know as it contains many of her personal items: Her Golden Globes, high school diploma, Certificate of Nomination for an Academy Award, bound screenplays, passports, jewelry, and personal photographs and correspondence. There is much, much more!
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If you have deeper pockets than me, head on over to Bonhams on November 23, starting at 10:00am!

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Debbie Reynolds is holding the final auction of her unmatched collection of classic film memorabilia May 17-May18 in Los Angeles. It saddens me greatly that her dream of opening a movie museum was never realized and that these precious items are now scattered around the globe.  Debbie’s dedication for keeping classic film history alive is extraordinary and it’s such a shame that so few in Hollywood share her passion for it.

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Well, since it is all to be scattered to the wind… Gone with the Wind fans, if you want to open your wallets and own a piece of film history, here is what is for sale:

Delicate black lace wire frame hat with long black chiffon train. No label. Created by Walter Plunkett for Vivien Leigh as “Scarlett O’Hara” in Gone With the Wind but not in the final version of the film. Obtained by Debbie Reynolds directly from the Selznick family. (est. $4,000 – $6,000)gone with the wind

Petite black straw hat accented with black feathers and golden yellow silk velvet ribbon. Selznick Int. Picture Inc. label handwritten, SCARLETT 20-108-WW-503. Two feathers are bent and attached by wire to a piece of black material for stability. Designed by Walter Plunkett. Worn by Vivien Leigh as “Scarlett” when she takes a buggy ride through Shanty Town and is attacked and Big Sam rescues her in Gone With the Wind. Obtained by Debbie Reynolds directly from the Selznick family. (est. $20,000 – $30,000) (I have always thought this hat was ugly in that scene…)

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Petite very pale peach hat with ivory chiffon overlay, grey metal hat pin accented with large faux pearls and ivory chiffon tie. Selznick Int. Pictures Inc. label handwritten, SCARLETT 20-108-WW-426. Designed by Walter Plunkett. Worn by Vivien Leigh as “Scarlett O’Hara” when she visits Ashley (Leslie Howard) at the mill with her “New Bonnet” in Gone With the Wind. Obtained by Debbie Reynolds directly from the Selznick family.(est. $20,000 – $30,000)

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Delicate ivory floral lace hat with ivory silk velvet long tie. Selznick Int. Pictures Inc. label handwritten, SCARLETT 20-108-WW-412. Exhibits a faint brown stain. Designed by Walter Plunkett. Hat is seen in a hatbox as part of her shopping spree in New Orleans in Gone With the Wind. Obtained by Debbie Reynolds directly from the Selznick family. (est.$8,000 – $12,000)

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Brown fur hat with shades of orange and brown feathers along the top with a bird head image on side with glass eye and black beak. Selznick Int. Pictures Inc. label handwritten, SCARLETT 28-108-WW 208. Four of the feathers in back have been reattached with a wire and two tips are bent. Created by Walter Plunkett for Vivien Leigh as “Scarlett O’Hara” in Gone With the Wind but not in the final version of the film. Obtained by Debbie Reynolds directly from the Selznick family. (est. $4,000 – $6,000) (Okay, I take back what I said about the Shanty Town hat…THIS hat is ugly!!)

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Black velvet tall hat with long aqua velvet ribbon and a group of ermine tails accenting the top peak. Selznick Int. Pictures Inc. label handwritten,SCARLETT 28-108-WW 205. Created by Walter Plunkett for Vivien Leigh as “Scarlett O’Hara” in Gone With the Wind but not in the final version of the film. Obtained by Debbie Reynolds directly from the Selznick family.(est.$4,000 – $6,000)

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Large brimmed green straw hat with long dark green silk velvet ribbon. Selznick Int. Pictures Inc. label handwritten,SCARLETT 20-108-WW 534. Exhibits light fading overall. Created by Walter Plunkett for Vivien Leigh as “Scarlett O’Hara” in Gone With the Wind but not in the final version of the film. Obtained by Debbie Reynolds directly from the Selznick family. (est.$4,000 – $6,000)

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Interested in something Clark Gable but non-GWTW? There are a few items…

Original linen-backed 3-sheet poster of Mogambo, mint condition. (est. $400-$600)

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Some original studio portraits, included in lots of 30-50 other pictures of classic stars (lots est. $200-$300)

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Clark’s taupe raincoat from an unidentified MGM production, circa 1950. (I’m guessing Key to the City since his favorite trench–the one from Comrade X, was sold at auction in 1996) Taupe and wool double-breasted six button raincoat with belt partially lined in dark peach textured silk. Logan Costume Co label in coat and on belt. Handwritten inside, “CLARK GABLE, MGM.”  Imprint of inside loop and two vent buttons can be seen through the material 5 in. separation on back side of one wrist. Worn by Clark Gable in an unidentified MGM production. (est. $800-$1,200)



Genuine Springfield Musket from Mutiny on the Bounty and other MGM films. (ca. 1840) Authentic Springfield .45/70 musket, cartridge converted to look like percussion, as used in numerous MGM period films, including both versions of Mutiny on the Bounty. Some elements have been modified or updated, but stock, barrel, and primary firing mechanism all appear original. Bears the following discernible markings: full American eagle next to “SPRINGFIELD;” smaller eagle side-view; serial #434795; and “VPPA.” Well-worn with some pitting from nearly 175 years of use, but basically sound, intact, and thoroughly displayable. Very good. Shipping arrangements via  a federal licensed firearms dealer will apply. (est. $400-$600.)

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The catalog is absolutely astounding. There are original costumes worn by Mary Pickford, Betty Grable, Lana Turner, Loretta Young, Luise Rainier, Helen Hayes, Susan Hayward, Elizabeth Taylor, Ginger Rogers, Vera Ellen, Mae West, Gilbert Roland, and Harold Lloyd (even a set of his glasses and his prosthetic fingers!!)…the list goes on and on. It’s mind boggling.  A lot of these gorgeous and elaborate costumes are listed as being from  unidentified productions. I hope some classic film sleuths figure it out!

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Not interested in costumes? How about a massive collection of original lobby cards? Or Fred MacMurray’s golf clubs? Or extensive amounts of MGM props that were used in countless productions–chairs, armoires, chests, mirrors, candelabras, weapons? Or MGM studio lights, cameras and sound equipment? Or sewing machines used  in the costume department? Or Buster Keaton’s personal 35mm movie camera? How about a Neumann U47 tube microphone that was used by Frank Sinatra and the Beatles?

The most expensive items include the long mink coat from Citizen Kane ($50,000-$60,000), a collection of five tuxedos worn by the Rat Pack ($20,000-$30,000)  and the replica ruby red slippers from The Wizard Of Oz (est. $30,000-$50,000).

Bidding is in person, over the phone or via internet. Anyone want to go in with me for Clark’s raincoat?? Anyone?? Must. Win. Powerball. Before. Auction.

You can view the 420 page auction catalog here.


As was widely publicized, the first auction of Debbie Reynolds’ amazing collection of Hollywood artifacts was held this past weekend. Her collection was/is absolutely amazing– there is no other word for the truly astounding pieces included.

Although not really the “jaw-droppers”, there were a few Clark Gable items up on the block, unfortunately all a bit out of my price range:

Clark’s personal dressing gown, which he owned for many years and used during production of Gone with the Wind, Honky Tonk and other films. (Clark’s wearing it in the picture above)

Described: Clark Gable personal dressing gown for off-screen use during filming of Gone with the Wind. (David O. Selznick, 1939) Purple satin dressing robe with swirl pattern and tassel-end belt, worn by Clark Gable in his dressing room between scenes on the set of Gone with the Wind. Studio tag reads “D.O. Selznick Studio Mr. C. Gable/ Dressing Room.”

Asking price: $2,000-$3,000

Went for: $10,000 + $2,300 buyers premium

Ivory Wool Vest and Pantaloons worn by Clark as “Fletcher Christian” in Mutiny on the Bounty

Described: Clark Gable “Christian” Ivory wool vest and pantaloons from Mutiny on the Bounty (1935). (MGM, 1935) Ivory wool vest and pantaloons, vest with Brown & Herrmann label typed “Clark Gable 5-20-25 11806” and stamped “40.” Vest exhibits some holes. Pantaloons have Logan Costume label and handwritten “Clark Gable.” Worn by Clark Gable as “Christian” in Mutiny on the Bounty.

Asking price: $8,000-$12,000

Went for: $30,000 + $6,900 buyers premium

Gun used by Clark as “Victor Marswell” in Mogambo

Described: Clark Gable “Victor Marswell” Winchester model 70 .270 rifle from Mogambo. (MGM, 1953) Winchester model 70 .270 WCF dating from 1949. Used by Clark Gable as “Victor Marswell” to shoot the black panther threatening Grace Kelly “Linda Nordley” on her nature walk. Bluing is in nice condition, exhibits small scuffs and one scratch in the right rear checkering.

Asking price: $1,000-$1,500

Went for: $15,000 + $3,450 buyers premium

Original Mogambo poster


Described: Mogambo original U.S. three-sheet poster. (MGM, 1953) Linen-backed original 41” x 79” U.S. three-sheet poster for John Ford’s remake of the 1932 Red Dust with Clark Gable reprising his original role, Ava Gardner replacing Jean Harlow, and Grace Kelly replacing Mary Astor. Fine with a minimum of retouching, and a bend in the upper right corner leaving a crack in the background paper.

Asking price: $400-$600

Went for: $1,700 + $391.00 buyers premium

Also two outfits worn by Grace Kelly as “Linda Nordley” in Mogambo.


Described: Grace Kelly “Linda Nordley” pair of safari outfits from Mogambo.. (MGM, 1953)  Taupe raw silk short jacket and skort.  Interior bias label in the jacket typewritten “G. Kelly DBLE 1616-2613”.  Handwritten label in skort states “1616-2614 Grace KellyDouble” (double denotes extra costume, not stunt double).  Worn in the safari sequences leading up to the arrival to the priest’s compound.  The jacket is held in Kelly’s arms but not worn by her. Together with a taupe open weave wool jacket with suede elbow patches and matching pants.  Interior bias label in the jacket handwritten “G. Kelly 1616-2615.”  Pants label typewritten “G. Kelly P-777 2615” and handwritten “Double” beneath (double denotes extra costume, not stunt double).  Worn in the safari sequences when the party encounters the gorillas.

Asking price: $4,000-$6,000

Went for: $47,500 + $10,925 buyers premium

Leafing through the catalog, you find costumes from an extensive list of Clark’s leading ladies: Vivien Leigh, Norma Shearer, Hedy Lamarr, Lana Turner, Greer Garson, Carroll Baker, Ava Gardner, Claudette Colbert, Marilyn Monroe (her costumes were the biggest sellers, the “subway” dress alone netting over $5 million),  and yes, even Carole Lombard, whose dress from her one film with Clark, No Man of Her Own, netted $11,000 (+2,530 buyers premium).

An amazing collection.  Color me a classic movie fan who’s a little sad that it’s all now scattered to the wind.




I have just added photos from the catalog of one of Clark’s estate auctions, that took place on December 15,1996  at Christie’s in Hollywood. This particular auction is well-known because despite the Academy’s pleading, Clark’s son put Clark’s only Oscar on the auction block. Steven Spielberg famously purchased it for $607,500 and donated it back to the Academy. Spielberg also purchased Clark’s personal copy of the Gone with the Wind script for $244,500 and kept it.

Pictures of both the Oscar and the GWTW script are included as well as items such as Clark’s bathrobe, leather bed, golf clubs, poker chips, books from his library, his and Carole’s monogrammed sherry glasses and much more. I am particularly fond of this  (apparently drunken?) self-portrait he drew in crayon and signed:


To see all of the items, visit the gallery and they are under Miscellaneous, 1996 Estate Auction. Or you can find them by clicking on Last Uploaded in the menu. You do have to have a username and password to enter the gallery.