This is one auction Christie’s and Sotheby’s didn’t fight over. The late Anna Nicole Smith’s boyfriend, Larry Birkhead, is putting hundreds of the former Playboy model's personal items on the block this month.
Julien’s Auctions -- which previously has handled items such as Marilyn Monroe’s X-rays and Michael Jackson’s famous sequined glove -- will sell her belongings on June 26, during its "Hollywood Legends Auction" at Las Vegas’ Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino.
Of the 250 pieces of Smith’s clothing, furniture and decorative objects on the block, many fall into the high-camp category.
Some of the most eye-catching offerings include a hand-painted coffee table that features Marilyn Monroe's likeness. A purple leopard-print upholstered chaise, right, is part of a set that includes a matching sofa and ottoman. The set is from her Studio City home and is carrying a pre-auction estimate of $2,000 to $4,000. (Photo of Smith with the furniture on the jump.)
A pink feather and faux fur dog bed (traveling dog bowls and carrying case included) is estimated to sell for $200 to $400.
Also up for auction are a series of decorative bronzes that Smith acquired during her marriage to Howard Marshall, as well as a Warhol-esque screen-print portrait of the oil magnate, embellished in bright jelly-bean tones.
Surprisingly, some of the auction's most understated pieces were designed by Bobby Trendy, Smith’s flamboyant decorator who starred in her reality series, “The Anna Nicole Smith Show.”
A pair of oversized, mocha-hued velour sofas and a gilded coffee table, all designed by Trendy, look positively demure next to items like Smith’s personalized pink golf bag and her crystal-bedazzled furniture. (Photos of those also after the jump.)
A public exhibition of items from Julien's summer auction series (which also includes "Music Legends" and "Start Trek" themed sales) begins June 14 in Las Vegas’ Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino. According to the auction house, some proceeds from the sale will benefit the Anna Nicole and Daniel Wayne Smith Charitable Foundation, as well as Smith and Birkhead’s 3-year-old daughter, Dannielynn.
-- Alexandria Abramian Mott