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City Beat: Chaplin hat among Hollywood treasures on auction block

November 18, 2012 |  9:57 am


So many Hollywood treasures hide in Los Angeles' garages and attics -- kept for posterity by the stars and the large supporting casts that help them shine.

Occasionally, some make it to the auction houses. Last year, Norma Shearer's silk sheets -- monogrammed Norma Shearer Thalberg -- sold for $30,500 at Bonhams.

Sunday morning, Bonhams holds another auction -- featuring a Charlie Chaplin bowler hat and cane, an alto sax once pawned by Charlie Parker, a wicker chair from Rick's Cafe in "Casablanca," and many other mementos from the worlds of film, television, music and animation.

More than 400 lots will be sold. The auction probably will last four hours, with many bidders making their appearance only by phone and online.


For my latest City Beat, I take a look inside the auction house. Read more about the auction here.

Christina House took wonderful photos of some of the objects up for grabs.

Here's what I sent out on Twitter from the scene: 

 -- Nita Lelyveld

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Photo: Entertainment memorabilia including a seating chart from the first Academy Awards ceremony, movie portraits and an Arthur Godfrey sport coat are up for auction at Bonhams auction house. Credit: Christina House / For The Times