To­tal Sale Of The Vivien Leigh Col­lec­tion Soars To £2.2 Mil­lion

Paint­ing by Sir Win­ston Churchill given to Vivien Leigh sold for £638,750

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Star of stage and screen, Vivien Leigh’s power to fill the­atres and au­di­to­ri­ums with her mag­netic per­for­mances was in­dis­putable. Over at Sotheby’s in Lon­don, a half-cen­tury later, her ap­peal re­mained undi­min­ished as col­lec­tors turned out in droves to wit­ness and take part in the sale of her per­sonal col­lec­tion. Over 1,400 par­tic­i­pants from 52 coun­tries drove the auc­tion to­tal to £2,243,867 or US$3,031,016, over five times the pre-sale es­ti­mate.

Over the course of four days, some 4,000 peo­ple flocked to Sotheby’s to view paint­ings, fur­nish­ings, jew­ellery, cou­ture, sil­ver, books and fur­ther items cel­e­brat­ing all as­pects of Vivien’s life. In a sale­room filled to ca­pac­ity, all of the 321 lots of­fered found a buyer as lot af­ter lot soared above es­ti­mates.

Com­ment­ing on the re­sults, Harry Dal­meny, Sotheby’s UK Chair­man said, “On screen, Vivien de­liv­ered two of the most iconic lines of the cen­tury in her roles as Scar­lett O’hara and Blanche Dubois,

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