Stand­ing room only as Zsa Zsa takes bow

The Mercury - - NEWS - Jan de Beer

A STAND­ING room-only on­line crowd and fans around the world bid more than US $900 000 (nearly R12m) for items in the es­tate of movie star Zsa Zsa Ga­bor in Los An­ge­les.

The pro­ceeds from hun­dreds of items from Ga­bor’s private per­sonal col­lec­tion more than tripled expectations, with some lots sold for as much as 40 times the orig­i­nal es­ti­mates by Her­itage Auc­tions.

The Hungarian beauty whose nine mar­riages, gos­sip-filled ad­ven­tures and oc­ca­sional le­gal scuf­fles kept her in the tabloids for years, died in De­cem­ber 2016 – two months short 100th birth­day.

The auc­tion in­cluded keep­sakes, de­signer cou­ture, screen cos­tumes and Hol­ly­wood mem­o­ra­bilia.

A paint­ing of the star by her friend, artist Mar­garet Keane, took top-lot honours at $45 000, soar­ing past its $6 000 es­ti­mate. Ga­bor’s five-piece group of vin­tage Louis Vuit­ton lug­gage fetched $27 500 after a $2 000 es­ti­mate. Strong bid­ding spurred a 1927 Stein­way Model M grand pi­ano from her mar­riage with ac­tor Ge­orge San­ders (and used in the 2013 film based on Lib­er­ace’s life, Be­hind the Can­de­labra) to sell for $23 750 after a $10 000 pre­sale es­ti­mate. of her

Zsa Zsa Ga­bor’s Louis XV-styled Creme Piente day bed sold for $8 750 on auc­tion.

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