Archive for November, 2008


A rare opportunity to buy a piece of Pickfair presented itself on November 22-23 at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, as Julien’s Auctions offered up hundreds of items from the collection of Mary Pickford.

 “We are proud to bring to auction the stylish Pickfair collection owned by movie pioneer Mary Pickford, the true darling of Hollywood and founding member of the Academy”, said Martin Nolan, Executive Director of Julien’s Auctions.

Catalog for 2008 Pickfair Auction

Catalog for 2008 Pickfair Auction

The Pickfair sale features many furnishings that can be seen in vintage Hollywood press releases and magazine pictorials in publications such as Architectural Digest, House and Garden, and the Los Angeles Times.

Some of the fabled and exotic items coming to the block include a partial Capo Di Monte Napoleon à Josephine dinnerware service (est. $8,000-$10,000), a pair of fine Chinese carved rhinoceros tusks (est. $6,000-$8,000), a Continental silver, gold, enameled and garnet encrusted small coffer which was a gift to Mary Pickford from Grand Duchess Maria of Russia (est. $3,000-$4,000), a Thai damascene silver lotus form covered urn which was a gift to Mary Pickford from the King of Siam (est. $1,000-2,000),and a pair of Adam style paint decorated armchairs (est. $1,500-$2,500).

Highlighting fine art selections in the sale are two oil on canvas still life paintings by Paul de Longpré (est. $20,000-$30,000each), a Philip Mercier painting of children in a pastoral setting (est. $25,000-$35,000) and a landscape attributed to Asher Durand (est. $15,000-$25,000).

“Mary Pickford had a wide range of collecting interests, from Asian decorative arts to Staffordshire figurines to books on spirituality, and all of them are well represented in the sale. She obviously loved entertaining guests for dinner in great style at Pickfair, as evidenced by her many fine table centerpieces and sets of china, silver and crystal,” says Rebecca Markman, Independent Antique Expert for Julien’s Auctions.

 Among the many personal effects to be sold are two handmade leather bound Pickfair guest books signed by dignitaries and guests between the years of 1926-1962 (est. $8,000-$10,000), a set of Moser gilt and acid etched vanity containers (est. $1,000-$2,000), and a 14k yellow gold compact by Cartier (est. $1,200-$1,800).

Pickford jewelry featured in this sale include a 14k yellow gold five charm bracelet with personal engraved messages from Buddy Rogers to Mary Pickford, (est. $1,500-$2,000), a platinum, yellow gold and white diamond ring (est. $800-$1,200), and a 14k yellow gold and diamond covered Moviga wristwatch (est. $800-$1,200).

This auction will present a special opportunity for collectors to purchase property once belonging to America’s Sweetheart from Hollywood’s Golden Age.

Take a look at the final auction results below…want to know what sold for how much?


If you couldn’t make it to the auction, copies of the auction catalog are still available for $50 here:


Or, you can flip through the catalog online for free:


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