CHRISTIE'S PUTS 21 LOTS OF JOAN CRAWFORD'S TREASURES ON THE BLOCK
Can’t find that perfect bugle-bead sweater? Running low on boas? Lost your Oscar? Have we got a sale for you. On June 19, as part of its eclectic Collectibles and Animation Art auction, Christie’s in New York will dispense 21 lots from the estate of diva fiercest Joan Crawford, who died in 1977 at age 71. Among the treasures: wigs, evening bags, gowns (most from the psychedelic 1960s), her sumptuous collection of sweaters, her record collection (featuring soundtracks from her own performances), her contract for Strait-Jacket (1964), monogrammed napkins, accessories fit for a movie queen- and her 1945 Best Actress Academy Award for Mildred Pierce, the first Oscar ever offered by the venerable auction house (and likely to fetch more than its official $12,000 estimate). The actress had Oscar replated to make it even shinier. Christie’s is mum on where the material came from-though it’s probably not from adopted daughter Christina (Mommie Dearest), who didn’t make the final cut in Mommie’s will. ”It’s not just correspondence, it’s not just clothes,” says Christie’s Collectibles associate Nancy Sullivan. ”It’s everything, which gives you a rare insight into the person.” And into others. A mountain of letters and telegrams, which will be sold, includes rare friendly notes from longtime rival Bette Davis and affectionate letters from Alfred Hitchcock (”In my very rare homosexual moments,” he joshes in a 1965 missive, ”I often glance through the pages of Vogue, where the other day I saw a magnificent picture of you”). Here, Crawford devotee John ”Lypsinka” Epperson, currently starring in Off Broadway’s campy Lypsinka! A Day in the Life, steps into something Crawford (including her wig) and pays homage to the star with a sampling of the items for sale.