The legendary Zsa Zsa Gabor died in 2016, and now a Beverley Hills auction house is dispersing her things into the wider world. Here is your precious chance to own her Saks Fifth Avenue charge card. Let’s shop the online listings together, shall we?
According to the New York Post, Heritage Auctions will be selling something like a thousand items on April 14, out of her Bel Air home. But everything is already listed online, which allows us to window shop, and I’m not joking about the department store charge cards. The current bid is $140, which seems like a fantastic deal.
It absolutely doesn’t stop there. Women’s Wear Daily has more details:
“She had a small mountain of [monogrammed] Louis Vuitton luggage that she traveled the world with,” explained Carolyn Mani, a Heritage Auctions director overseeing the springtime sale, which will be held at Gabor’s historic Bel Air, Calif., home, which was once owned by Howard Hughes.
“There are about 425 lots comprised of designer clothes, costume jewelry, examples of mostly 18th and 19th century French furniture, decorative arts, fine arts and silver,” continued Mani of the catalogue that also includes a gilded Steinway piano previously owned by Gabor’s third husband, actor George Sanders. “They painted it gold after he won the Academy Award [in 1951 for “All About Eve”] and she got possession of it again after he passed away.”
They’ve got her passport from 1966:
And the driver’s license she wasn’t carrying that time she got pulled over, resulting in her famously slapping a policeman:
And a rhinestone necklace emblazoned with her trademark “dah-ling”:
There are also numerous listings that aren’t necessarily AAA Hollywood collector fodder, but are nevertheless absolute treasures. For instance:
Listings also include her travel makeup case; a couple of books signed to Gabor by Richard Nixon, along with a Christmas card from the family; nightgowns circa the 1960s; a letter from Princess Grace of Monaco, gently informing Gabor that she and the prince could not get involved in her charitable initiative; what appears to be her personal trove of Sidney Sheldon novels; and a collection of scripts from her various TV appearances. Oh, and a whole pile of incredible dresses and—perhaps most on-brand—a 104-piece Moët Impérial champagne collection with accessories.
All the memorabilia is great but personally, just for me, what I really need is this chair, part of a “four-piece Louis XV-style upholstered furniture suite, 19th century and later.” I will use it as my new workstation and pepper all of my blogs with enthusiastic exclamations of “Dah-ling!” It will improve my life immensely.