Sunday, November 24, 2013

Clark Gable left his jacket at your place - You can tell them that

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The much anticipated Bonhams There's No Place Like Hollywood Auction curated by TCM November 24, 2014 at 1:00pm EST (10:00am PST). You may bid online. Sign up early, if you aren't already a member, to save time and aggravation.
Clark Gable, Myrna Loy
Too Hot Too Handle
8x10" Photo
Included in the vast array of film costumes and memorabilia (over 300 items) is a jacket once worn by Clark Gable in the 1938 film Too Hot to Handle.

Clark Gable jacket (Lot 317) from Too Hot to Handle 
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1938. khaki safari-style jacket with four pockets. Inscribed on the interior in black ink, “Clark Gable / M” and bearing an MGM cleaning tag. (Check for any updates.) 

It sold for $2,800 not including fees, taxes, premium, etc. November 28, 2014. Estimate was $2,000 - $3,000.

Too Hot To Handle 16x20 Photograph Master Print High Quality
A newsreel reporter in China, Clark Gable's character falls for Myrna Loy’s character, an aviator collaborating with one of his competitors, played by Walter Pidgeon.

Gable wears this jacket early in the film, as he photographs Myrna Loy’s plane crash and then meets her at the hospital. 

Too Hot to Handle was the fifth and final movie pairing Gable and Loy. Myrna Loy, Walter Pidgeon Clark Gable (Actor), Jack Conway (Director).
--  Description info from Bonhams/TCM Auction catalog

Estimate in 2013 ws $1,500 - 2,000. If this Gable goodie slips through your fingers don't despair. There are a few different items related to him. The jacket went for $5000 (including premium).

This jacket was apparently sold for $5,000, Lot 90, in the November 2013 What Dreams Are Made Of: A Century of Movie Magic at Auction also curated by TCM.

In 2012 Julien's Auction House had a Hollywood Legends auction of movie memorabilia.

A black and white wool herringbone Eddie Schmidt costume jacket worn by Clark Gable in the 1939 film, Gone with the Wind, with a tag hand inscribed Clark Gable and 5-9-39 went for $57,600. 

Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh
Gone with The Wind

A beige Western jacket that Gable wore in The Misfits sold even more recently for over $6,000. This 1961 movie was Clark Gable's last film. As with this jacket film items may be cross-over collectibles. The Misfits was both set and filmed in Reno, NV, making the jacket of interest to those who collect items related to Clark Gable and Nevada history. Mr. Gable died shortly after the completion of this film.

A pinstripe suit was sold in November 2013 by Julien's Icons and Idols Hollywood Auction for $4,160.00, estimate had been $4, 000 - 6,000. The double-breasted suit had a Lesley and Roberts 16 St George St Hanover Sq London label. 57577 8/53 Clark Gable, Esq. This suit may have been worn in one of Gable's films from this time period or may have been from his personal wardrobe no size present. Some description information is not included here. 

At a previous Bonhams auction a Clark Gable period jacket from Band of Angels Warner Bros., 1957  made of light gray wool with black velvet detail on the lapels, pockets, and cuffs; an inside pocket label reads "Western Costume Co. / Clark Gable /2577-2 / Chest 42 went for $1200. I cannot confirm the date of this auction.

Stud: Architectures of Masculinity
An interdisciplinary exploration of the active role architecture plays in the construction of male identity. This collection of essays and visual projects critically analyzes the spaces that we habitually take for granted but that quietly participates in the manufacturing of maleness.
-- from description

Fair warning... Let's all go to an auction!


The Debbie Reynolds Studio Store offers some prime old and current Hollywood items, including costumes and accessories to excite fans. Think of these when looking for that one of a kind very special holiday or birthday gift. 

A jacket designed by Travilla for Cary Grant (who played Dr. Barnaby Fulton) made for Monkey Business. (TCF, 1952). Maroon, ivory and black checked wool jacket with three buttons and partially lined in copper colored sateen. 20th Century Fox label typed A672 3-52 / C.GRANT / 3-41-10-3300. Carroll and Company Beverly Hills label and studio cleaning tag.

The jacket made for Cary Grant as "Dr. Barnaby Fulton" in Monkey Business but not in the final film version. Ginger Rogers and Marilyn Monroe starred alongside Grant in this comedy with a science fiction twist.

The Cary Grant jacket may be yours for just $8,000.00.

In the summer and winter of 2011, entertainment icon Debbie Reynolds had two auctions of items from her private collection of Hollywood costumes and props. Ms. Reynolds also currently has some of her items on sale online.

The 1952 red MG TD driven by Marilyn Monroe and Cary Grant in Monkey Business sold for $210,000. (See it in the video above.)

Remember the scene in Alfred Hitchcock's To Catch a Thief when John Robie and Francie Stevens (Cary Grant and Grace Kelly) take a drive and have a picnic?

The two-piece rose crepe outfit of short-sleeve top with heavy white wool embroidery and knee-length full-pleated skirt worn by Grace Kelly in the 1955 film.

This is a signature costume for her, as she "sweeps Cary Grant away on a fast and sexy scenic drive in a Sunbeam Alpine."

Cary Grant's sport coat from that scenic drive was also up for auction. A distinctive gray wool sport coat by Acuna of Hollywood. Internal label marked  "CARY GRANT APRIL 1954." Buttons are replacements of different type from later time period.

Both pieces exceeded estimates. Cary Grant's jacket brought in $15,000 and Grace Kelly's two-piece outfit garnered $450,000!

-- information from descriptions, prices realized lists

Two dresses worn by Deborah Kerr in An Affair to Remember brought in $6,000 and $11,000 respectively.

In the November 2013 Bonhams/TCM What Dreams are Made Of auction, they offered an 18th century style suit worn by Cary Grant in The Howards of Virginia Columbia, 1940. The piece consisted of a a brown wool frock coat, a floral brocade waistcoat and brown wool breeches. The costume went for
$5000 (including premium).

Debbie Reynolds' online shop has items from other stars including Brad Pitt, Agnes Moorehead, Anthony Perkins, Barbara Stanwyck, Frank Sinatra ... More than I can mention.

Check out these related pages...

Clark Gable in The Hucksters: George Burns vs Clark Gable Gracies Plan

Bring the Charade to Life Become Cary or Audrey

1930s Fan Girls chase Clark Gable, tear his clothes, nibble on his ears

Harpo Marx: Comedy Legend 

Actors Final Roles; The Misfits: The final film of Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe; The last movies of Tyrone Power Jr. and Tyrone Power Sr.

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