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Property From the Estate of Greta Garbo: Day 1 of 2

by Julien's Auctions


451 lots | 442 with images

December 14, 2012

Live Auction

9665 Wilshire Boulevard

Beverly Hills, CA, 90210 USA

Phone: 310-836-1818

Fax: 310-742-0155

Email: info@juliensauctions.com

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GRETA GARBO PINK PORCELAIN TABLE LAMPS

Lot 401: GRETA GARBO PINK PORCELAIN TABLE LAMPS

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Description: A pair of pink porcelain table lamps with parcel gilt painted floral reserves. Unmarked.Height, 25 1/2 inches

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GRETA GARBO PAIR OF VELVET UPHOLSTERED ARMCHAIRS

Lot 402: GRETA GARBO PAIR OF VELVET UPHOLSTERED ARMCHAIRS

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Description: A set of two mid-century style conversation chairs, upholstered in dark pink velvet with button insets and a loose seat cushion.27 by 23 by 19 inches

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GRETA GARBO SHEHADI GEOMETRIC WOVEN WOOL RUG

Lot 403: GRETA GARBO SHEHADI GEOMETRIC WOVEN WOOL RUG

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Description: A rug designed by Greta Garbo. Oblong shaped wool rug with an Escher style design in shades of rose and green. With a label reading "B. Shehadi/ W 238373." This rug was housed in the hall of Garbo's New York apartment as seen in this photograph.50 by 49 1/2 inches

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GRETA GARBO PLASTIC BLOWUP SNOWMAN

Lot 404: GRETA GARBO PLASTIC BLOWUP SNOWMAN

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Description: A plastic blowup snowman that was housed in Greta Garbo's living room. The snowman is dressed in a black top hat and red striped shirt, holding a black cane with a pink ribbon tied around his neck. The snowman was a running joke between Garbo and her nephew-in-law. Shown here in her New York apartment living room.Height, approximately 32 inches

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GRETA GARBO THREE

Lot 405: GRETA GARBO THREE "GG" MARKED BOOKS

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Description: A group of three books from Greta Garbo's library: a red leather bound copy of Emerson's Essays (front pages excised, but Modern Library logo imprinted on the cover), Remy de Gourmont's A Night in the Luxembourg (NY: Modern Library, 1926), and Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter (NY: The Limited Editions Club, 1941). Each marked "G.G." in Garbo's hand.Largest, 9 1/2 by 6 1/2 inches

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GRETA GARBO BOOKS OF POETRY

Lot 406: GRETA GARBO BOOKS OF POETRY

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Description: A collection of 16 books of poetry including Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass (New York: Aventine Press, 1931); W.B. Yeats' Collected Poems (New York: The Macmillan Company, 1949); Swedish poetry books by Svar (Stockholm: Birger Nordelius, 1961), Nattvards - Barnen by Esaias Tegner (Stockholm: P.A. Norstedt & Soners, 1925), and Kriser och Kransar (Stockholm: Alb. Bonniers Boktryckeri, 1926); two books translated from Japanese; several pocket-size poetry books; and A New Folder ; Americans : Poems and Drawings (New York: Folder Editions, 1959) with a printed drawing of Greta Garbo by Robert De Niro Sr.Largest, 11 by 8 inches

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GRETA GARBO JEAN RACINE THEATRE THREE VOLUME SET

Lot 407: GRETA GARBO JEAN RACINE THEATRE THREE VOLUME SET

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Description: A leather bound three volume set with marbled end papers. Title page reads "Theatre de Jean Racine/ Publie par D. Jouaust/ en trois volumes/ preface by V. Fournel/ Paris/ Librarie des Bibliophiles/ E. Flammarion Successeur."

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GRETA GARBO POETRY BOOKS

Lot 408: GRETA GARBO POETRY BOOKS

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Description: A pair of limited print edition copies of Spanish poetry , including The Complete Works of Manuel Y Antonio Machado (Madrid: Editorial Pleyade), numbered 155/3000, and The Selected Works of Miguel De Unamuno (Madrid: Editorial Pleyade), numbered 164/3000.8 by 5 inches

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GRETA GARBO FOUR BOOKS INSCRIBED TO GARBO

Lot 409: GRETA GARBO FOUR BOOKS INSCRIBED TO GARBO

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Description: A collection of four books inscribed to Greta Garbo: The Bells' Gentle Thunder by ilko iliew (London: Poets' & Painters Press), inscribed on title page "To Miss G. Garbo with deep affection, the author 1964"; Lily by Vincent Sheean (New York: Random House), inscribed on title page "For G - Vincent Sheean"; The Others by Robert Ferro (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons), signed on the title page by the author; a chapbook from 1978, Some New Traditions And Other Poems by James Jay Garrigus, inscribed on title page "Best Wishes - James Garrigus."Largest, 8 1/2 by 5 3/4 inches

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GRETA GARBO BOOKS SIGNED BY THE AUTHORS

Lot 410: GRETA GARBO BOOKS SIGNED BY THE AUTHORS

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Description: A group of three books signed by the authors: The Captain of St . Margaret's by Ferenc Molnar (New York: Duell, Sloan and Pearce), inscribed on title page "With Best Wishes Ferenc Molnar"; The Wind Leaves No Shadow by Ruth Laughlin (New York: McGraw-Hill), signed by the author and purchased at Village Book Shop in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where Garbo's brother Sven lived; and Fuerchte Dich Nicht (Don't Be Afraid) by Berthold Viertel (New York: Barthold Fles Verlag), signed by the author.Largest, 9 1/2 by 6 1/2 inches

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GRETA GARBO INSCRIBED COPY OF PETER USTINOV'S DEAR ME

Lot 411: GRETA GARBO INSCRIBED COPY OF PETER USTINOV'S DEAR ME

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Description: A soft bound copy of Peter Ustinov's Dear Me (Penguin Books, 1979), inscribed "For Greta Garbo/ in more than admiration/ Peter Ustinov." Ustinov, the Academy Award winning actor, was a friend of Garbo's close friend David Niven. Garbo would see them each summer when she traveled to Switzerland.7 by 4 inches

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GRETA GARBO SIGNED COPY OF HENRY KISSINGER'S WHITE HOUSE YEARS

Lot 412: GRETA GARBO SIGNED COPY OF HENRY KISSINGER'S WHITE HOUSE YEARS

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Description: A limited edition copy of this title (Boston: Little, Brown, 1979), in original slipcover case, signed and numbered 1482 of 3500. Henry Kissinger lived across the street from Greta Garbo in New York City. They would occasionally meet and chat on the street as Kissinger walked his dog.10 by 6 3/4 inches

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GRETA GARBO BOOKS WRITTEN OR GIFTED BY FRIENDS

Lot 413: GRETA GARBO BOOKS WRITTEN OR GIFTED BY FRIENDS

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Description: A group of four books given to Greta Garbo by John Gunther, Gilbert Barnes, and Sweden's Queen Silvia: Alexander Den Store (Alexander the Great) by John Gunther (Stockholm: Natur Och Kultur); Meet Soviet Russia : Book One by John Gunther (New York: Harper & Row); Kom Igen ! En Bok Om Handikappidrott (Come On! A Book About People With Disabilities" (published by Liber Forlag), the book has a forward written by Queen Silvia of Sweden and an inscription from Queen Silvia to Garbo written in Swedish that translates to "Dear Greta, despite the serious message in this book, I wish you a pleasant summer, Silvia Stockholm Royal Palace on June 17, 1989"; The Art of Renoir by Albert Barnes and Violette de Mazia (New York: Minton, Balch & Co.), the end paper is inscribed "To Greta Garbo - in the hope that this book will help open the door to a delightful world. Albert Barnes ," Garbo became a collector of Renoir. John Gunther and his wife Jane were close friends of Garbo who travelled with them to their secluded cottage in Greensboro, Vermont.Largest, 10 by 7 inches

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GRETA GARBO BOOKS

Lot 414: GRETA GARBO BOOKS

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Description: A collection of 12 books of classic literature from Greta Garbo's library: For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway printed in special edition from the Princeton University Press, numbered 1221, 1942; The Trial by Franz Kafka (Modern Library, New York); The Red and The Black by Stendhal (Modern Library, New York); The Moon and Six - Pence by W.S. Maugham (Modern Library, New York); Man's Fate by Andre Malraux (Modern Library, New York); The Sound and the Fury and As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner (Modern Library, New York); Die Erzahlungen by Carl Zuckerman (S. Fischer Verlag, Frankfurt); Mine Own Executioner by Nigel Balchin (Collins, Toronto); Oscar Wilde : His Life & Confessions by Frank Harris (Covici Friede, New York); Oscar Wilde : His Life and Confessions Volume II by Frank Harris (printed and published by the author); Bernard Shaw by Frank Harris (Simon and Schuster, New York); Ernest Hemingway : A Life Story by Carlos Baker (Scribner's, New York).

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GRETA GARBO THREE

Lot 415: GRETA GARBO THREE "GG" MARKED BOOKS

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Description: A group of three books marked "G.G.": Hermann Rauschning's The Voice of Destruction (NY: Putnam, 1940), Ronald Rolland's Beethoven : The Creator (NY: Harper, 1929), and Constantin Stanislavsky's My Life in Art (Boston: Little, Brown, 1938). Each marked "G.G." in Greta Garbo's hand.Largest, 9 1/2 by 6 1/2 inches

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GRETA GARBO COLLARO PORTABLE RECORD PLAYER

Lot 416: GRETA GARBO COLLARO PORTABLE RECORD PLAYER

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Description: A Collaro RC 54 portable three-speed record player in brown leatherette case. Red rubber slip mat with record compensator dials. Accompanied by a receipt from Liberty Music Shops of New York for "One Liberty Portable" 169.50 and two records; undated but marks "Paid Oct 23" in Greta Garbo's hand. And a set of instructions for using the record player typed by Garbo's sister-in-law as well as a small note in Garbo's hand that explains in her own words the difference between the records that play at 78 rpm, 33 rpm, and 45 rpm.9 1/4 by 20 by 16 inches

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GRETA GARBO OPERA ALBUMS

Lot 417: GRETA GARBO OPERA ALBUMS

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Description: A group of approximately 31 opera albums, including Puccini, Verdi, Wagner, and Rossini.12 1/4 by 12 1/2 inches

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GRETA GARBO CLASSICAL ALBUMS

Lot 418: GRETA GARBO CLASSICAL ALBUMS

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Description: A group of approximately 66 classical music albums, including Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, and others. Also includes album recordings from the Philadelphia Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the London Symphony Orchestra, and virtuoso pianist Vladimir Horowitz. Sizes vary.

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GRETA GARBO JAZZ ALBUMS

Lot 419: GRETA GARBO JAZZ ALBUMS

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Description: A collection of approximately 36 jazz albums, including a multi-volume Al Jolson, Chuck Mangione, Charlie Byrd, a copy of Earl Hines Plays George Gershwin , and several David Sanborn albums.Largest, 12 1/2 by 12 1/2 inches

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GRETA GARBO ROCK AND POP ALBUMS

Lot 420: GRETA GARBO ROCK AND POP ALBUMS

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Description: An assortment of approximately 47 rock and pop albums including several from The Beatles, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Bing Crosby, Linda Ronstadt, and Elton John. Also includes hit compilations and various dance albums. Among the dance albums are songs from the twist craze of 1960-61. Greta Garbo was pictured in the tabloids at that time dancing the twist at the Peppermint Lounge in New York City.11 1/2 by 11 1/2 inches

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GRETA GARBO ALBUMS RELATING TO FRIENDS

Lot 421: GRETA GARBO ALBUMS RELATING TO FRIENDS

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Description: A collection of 15 albums by or relating to friends of Greta Garbo, including a Swedish label album with handwritten titles written in German that read "I) Es hat die Rose sich beklagt/ II) Der Schmetterling ist in die Rose verliebt/ I) Im Rhein im heiligen Strome/ II) Das Meer hat seine Perlen," contained in a Columbia Records envelope from Goddard Lieberson, friend of Garbo and president of Columbia Records; Goddard Lieberson 1911 - 1977 , a commemorative album about the life and career of Lieberson; Medicine , Mind and Music with foreword by Goddard Lieberson; four Noel Coward related albums, The Noel Coward Album , Noel Coward at Las Vegas , Decca presents a group of Noel Coward Songs , and The Girl Who Came to Dinner ; John Wallowitch My Manhattan , inscribed on cover "Feb 25 1984 Miss Garbo -with great admiration and best of all possible wishes John Wallowitch"; an album of selections by Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms, and Robert Franz sung by baritone Karl-Theodor Clemens and Maria Kalamkarian on piano, with an inscription in German on the cover that translates to "In deep adoration! Karl-Theodor Clemens"; Yma Sumac Voice of the Xtabay ; Ave Maria sung by Jessica Dragonette; Mexico : Its Cultural Life in Music and Art ; Mahler Symphony No . 2 London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Gilbert Kaplan; The Irish Uprising 1916 - 1922 , which includes a book and albums published by The CBS Legacy Collection; and The Russian Revolution , which includes a book and albums published by The CBS Legacy Collection. Garbo and Coward were friends and both had an affliliation with the British Secret Service in the pre-war and World War II years and then both lived in New York. Garbo said of Coward that he was "very witty, clever and quick."Largest, 12 3/4 by 12 3/4 inches

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GRETA GARBO SPOKEN WORD ALBUMS

Lot 422: GRETA GARBO SPOKEN WORD ALBUMS

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Description: A group of approximately 15 spoken word and radio broadcast albums, including William Shakespeare sonnets, a novel by James Joyce, Alan King and Mort Sahl albums, and numerous radio broadcasts.12 1/2 by 12 1/2 inches

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GRETA GARBO INTERNATIONAL ALBUMS

Lot 423: GRETA GARBO INTERNATIONAL ALBUMS

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Description: An assortment of approximately 38 Swedish, French, Spanish, Italian, Hungarian, and Greek albums. Includes several of Yves Montand, Edith Piaf, and Bjorling. Sizes vary.

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GRETA GARBO CAMPAIGN CHEST DAVENPORT DESK

Lot 424: GRETA GARBO CAMPAIGN CHEST DAVENPORT DESK

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Description: A modern reproduction of an early 19th century captain's chest. Marked with a plaque on the top, "The Great Pacific/ S. Francisco 1808." Walnut with brass hardware and tooled gilded leather writing surface and a fitted glass protective top. The top row has two pull-out drawers flanking a center pull-out compartment that unfolds into a writing surface which also lifts up and conceals additional fitted compartments. Beneath are two over two additional drawers. Hardware includes brass stringing and Georgian style inlay, escutcheons for each drawer, brass edged molding, brass side handles, and brass bun feet.35 1/2 by 16 by 33 inches

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METAL FOUR DRAWER FILE CABINET

Lot 425: METAL FOUR DRAWER FILE CABINET

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Description: With locking mechanism and original key.52 1/4 by 15 1/4 by 26 1/4 inches

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GRETA GARBO CURTAIN PANELS

Lot 426: GRETA GARBO CURTAIN PANELS

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Description: A pair of salmon pink linen curtain panels with floral decoration, hooks attached on the top. No maker labels. These curtains are from the office of Greta Garbo's New York apartment.Height, 42 1/2 inches

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GRETA GARBO SILVER ENCASED DUNHILL FELT TIP PEN

Lot 427: GRETA GARBO SILVER ENCASED DUNHILL FELT TIP PEN

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Description: With engine turned decoration, together with a thermometer in a slim silver case.

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GRETA GARBO MONOGRAM PEN

Lot 428: GRETA GARBO MONOGRAM PEN

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Description: A gold tone metal pen, the top of the pen suspending a circular charm with a "G" set with marcasite.4 inches

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GRETA GARBO READING GLASSES

Lot 429: GRETA GARBO READING GLASSES

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Description: A pair of reading glasses with no temples, faux tortoise shell rims, attached to a gold tone chain. Chain is attached to the glasses with a spring clasp. Housed in a Lugene New York leather case.

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GRETA GARBO SHAGREEN PENCIL CASE AND

Lot 430: GRETA GARBO SHAGREEN PENCIL CASE AND "GG" MONOGRAM

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Description: With a band of marcasite trim encircling the lid. Together with a beige leather note paper holder with a gilded "GG" monogram.Pencil case length, 7 1/2 inches

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BLACK FOUNTAIN PEN INSCRIBED

Lot 431: BLACK FOUNTAIN PEN INSCRIBED "GRETA GARBO"

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Description: A George S. Parker Duofold Lucky Curve black fountain pen with gold tone clip and band. The pen is imprinted on the body with Greta Garbo's name.Length, 5 1/2 inches

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GRETA GARBO DESK ACCESSORIES

Lot 432: GRETA GARBO DESK ACCESSORIES

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Description: An assortment of desk accessories, including an oversized paperclip and three oversized binder clips, one with "Damn'd Bills" printed on leather; pens; a globe sharpener; a jar of nibs; and a wooden letter opener with animal figure, among others.Largest, 12 inches

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GRETA GARBO BRONZE NAPOLEON PAPERWEIGHT

Lot 433: GRETA GARBO BRONZE NAPOLEON PAPERWEIGHT

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Description: A paperweight in original box marked "Galerie Henaut/ Madame Mezier/ Tableaux-Gravuews/ Paris."4 by 1 3/4 inches

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GRETA GARBO

Lot 434: GRETA GARBO "GG" CARTIER 14K MECHANICAL PENCIL

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Description: A 14K gold Cartier mechanical pencil, monogrammed "GG," with a wide pencil lead. 36 gms.Length, 6 inches

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T CRESCENT MOON MARK 14K MECHANICAL PENCIL

Lot 435: T CRESCENT MOON MARK 14K MECHANICAL PENCIL

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Description: Marked "PAT 58000/ 14K/ [Maker's mark]." 22 gms.Length, 5 1/2 inches

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GRETA GARBO LEROY W. FAIRCHILD DESK SET

Lot 436: GRETA GARBO LEROY W. FAIRCHILD DESK SET

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Description: A set of ivory and silver implements decorated with naturalistic insects made of applied mother of pearl, shell, and stone. Comprised of two dip pens, a mechanical pencil, a paperknife, and a letter opener, housed in the original fitted velvet lined box. Marked "L.W. Fairchild." Late 19th/Early 20th century. Please note this lot will only be shipped domestically.

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GRETA GARBO LETTER REGARDING HER BANK ACCOUNT

Lot 437: GRETA GARBO LETTER REGARDING HER BANK ACCOUNT

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Description: A copy letter from John P. Morgan, 2nd of Morgan Guaranty Trust from Greta Garbo's records regarding the assignment of an account number to her checking account. She has emphasized in her response that she does not want her name to appear on her checks. Accompanied by a laminated card from the bank with her new account number. Letter, 11 by 8 1/2 inches; Card, 2 by 3 1/2 inches

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GRETA GARBO SIGNED CHECK FOR CHARITY DONATION

Lot 438: GRETA GARBO SIGNED CHECK FOR CHARITY DONATION

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Description: A typed check in the amount of $25.00 to Visiting Nurse Service of New York, drawn from an account at Chase Manhattan Bank, dated December 18, 1972, and signed by Greta Garbo. The check is accompanied by a short letter requesting a donation and a thank-you card for the donation. Check, 2 3/4 by 6 inches; Letter, 7 3/4 by 5 1/4 inches

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GRETA GARBO TYPEWRITER

Lot 439: GRETA GARBO TYPEWRITER

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Description: An Olympia De Luxe typewriter in portable carrying case. Stamped in carry cover "Made in Western Germany." The typewriter keys are all in italic script used by Greta Garbo to type her checks and correspondence. Beige finish.Case, 14 by 14 by 6 inches

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GRETA GARBO LETTER FROM JOHN P. MORGAN, 2nd

Lot 440: GRETA GARBO LETTER FROM JOHN P. MORGAN, 2nd

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Description: A letter dated April 20, 1964, from John P. Morgan, 2nd to Greta Garbo noting the anniversary of 25 years with Morgan Guaranty Trust Company and announcing that Morgan would now personally be overseeing her accounts with an invitation to visit their newly renovated offices. Accompanied by a copy of the typed response from Garbo's secretary on May 5, 1964. Noted on the response is "dict. by GS." presumably George Schlee.Largest, 11 by 8 1/2 inches

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GRETA GARBO NOTES AND BUSINESS CARDS FROM DESK

Lot 441: GRETA GARBO NOTES AND BUSINESS CARDS FROM DESK

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Description: A collection of items from Greta Garbo's desk, including a prescription from Dr. Charles DeFeo; two flower enclosure cards from Zeze, who owned a flower store on Garbo's street; a handwritten quote of Francois Mauriac in an unknown hand; 14 handwritten notations, addresses, and contact information written in Garbo and other hands; a receipt from Miss Grimble Corp.; a postcard written to Garbo from Jerusalem; a blank postcard that has an image of San Marino restaurant; approximately 35 business cards collected by Garbo; two Douglas Elliman tenant identification cards; and other assorted clippings.

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GRETA GARBO PHOTOGRAPHS AND CLIPPINGS FROM HER DESK

Lot 442: GRETA GARBO PHOTOGRAPHS AND CLIPPINGS FROM HER DESK

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Description: A group of four photographs, two postcards, and six clippings regarding Greta Garbo's career. These items were found in Garbo's desk after her passing. The photographs include a black and white silver gelatin print taken on the set of The Saga of Gosta Berling (Svensk Filmindustri, 1924) and an image of Garbo as Mata Hari with her head torn from the image. The clippings are images from various publications and a partial letter from The International Who's Who requesting a revision to Garbo's entry.Largest, 8 by 6 1/4 inches

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GRETA GARBO SILVER TIFFANY PEN

Lot 443: GRETA GARBO SILVER TIFFANY PEN

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Description: A sterling silver pen, signed Peretti, Tiffany & Co., with original felt pouch and box and two additional ink cartridges.5 inches

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GRETA GARBO VINTAGE LT & SON 14K MECHANICAL PENCIL

Lot 444: GRETA GARBO VINTAGE LT & SON 14K MECHANICAL PENCIL

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Description: With bamboo form decoration. 27 gms.Length, 3 7/8 inches

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GRETA GARBO BEDSPREAD

Lot 445: GRETA GARBO BEDSPREAD

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Description: A multicolored silk shantung bedspread with abstract floral pattern. No maker label. This bedspread was used on Greta Garbo's bed in her master bedroom. The bed sold as lot 447.Approximately 104 by 78 inches

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GRETA GARBO PINK WOOL BLANKET

Lot 446: GRETA GARBO PINK WOOL BLANKET

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Description: A queen size Welwyn wool blanket in pink, circa 1940. Tag reads "Welwyn All Wool by Nashua."84 by 60 inches

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GRETA GARBO CARVED AND PAINTED BED PLATFORM

Lot 447: GRETA GARBO CARVED AND PAINTED BED PLATFORM

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Description: Greta Garbo's personal bed. This bed was designed by Garbo from the panels of an antique Swedish Skape (cupboard) that was originally purchased for Harby, her estate in Sweden. Garbo had the idea to take apart the Skape and inset the panels into the bed frame and also installed them on her bedroom walls to create a niche for this bed. A modern double size platform bed frame on wheels with antique carved and painted wooden panel decorating the foot. Together with the original invoice from New York cabinet makers Saget-Zeien, dated January 8, 1954, noting that the bed frame and matching paneling in the bedroom were custom made from an antique cabinet for the bedroom in Garbo's New York apartment on East 52nd street. 15 by 57 by 78 inches

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GRETA GARBO PINK BEDSPREAD

Lot 448: GRETA GARBO PINK BEDSPREAD

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Description: A pale pink silk linen bedspread with floral embroidery. No maker label.Approximately 118 by 72 inches

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GRETA GARBO PILLOWS

Lot 449: GRETA GARBO PILLOWS

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Description: Two pillows, one with multicolored striped removable cover, the other with sewn-on leaf patterned cover. No maker labels.Approximately 22 1/2 by 17 inches

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GRETA GARBO ROYAL DUX PORCELAIN VASE

Lot 450: GRETA GARBO ROYAL DUX PORCELAIN VASE

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Description: With cobalt and gilded rim and foot, with transfer printed bouquets inside and out. Marked on base with incised numbers and stamped "Royal Dux/ Made in Czechoslovakia." This vase was kept on Greta Garbo's bedside table.Height, 4 5/8 inches

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