The personal belongings of actress Zsa Zsa Gabor, who died at the age of 99, are up for auction, giving a glimpse into her fun and fabulous life.
From over-the-top jewelry (a diamond necklace that spells out “dahling”), to sophisticated art from major artists, the Hungarian born actress led quite the glam life. (Included in the sale is a trophy she won for “Most Glamorous.”)
The Hungarian beauty had 9 husbands, including hotel magnate Conrad Hilton. Her 9th husband, Frederic Prinz Van Anhault, put the items up for auction. “A girl must marry for love,” she once said,”and keep on marrying until she finds it.” She also said “You never really know a man until you divorce him”, and “I never hated a man enough to give him his diamonds back.”
Gabor began her stage career in Vienna and won Miss Hungary in 1936. in 1941 she moved to Hollywood. Her first movie was a supporting role in Lovely to Look At, followed by We’re Not Married! and Moulin Rouge in 1952. But she became more of a household name due to her numerous talk show appearances. She was a darling of the talk show circuit and a regular guest during the 1960’s, 70’s, and 80’s on Johnny Carson, The Merv Griffin Show, David Frost, and Phil Donahue. She was also a guest on Bob Hope specials, Dean Martin Roasts, The Hollywood Squares, and Laugh-In.
Most interesting in the collection is her spectacular collection of art. From Picasso paintings to works of art from major contemporary artists such as Jean Michel Basquiat and Bansky, she had a great collection, with most of the big ticket items, such as Lichtensteins and Koons scooped up already. We especially liked her pin-up, erotic, and fetish art, including Eric Stanton illustrations of BDSM scenarios, which were way ahead of their time in the 1940’s and 50’s. The item listed as “most popular” is a portrait of her by Margaret Keane, an artist whose story of how she hid that she, not her husband was the secret artist behind all the paintings, was portrayed in Big Eyes and played by Nicole Kidman. Every item has a story.
Check out the items at Heritage Auctions. The auction ends April 14th.
A Gary Indiana lithograph from 1986. Love.
The classic corset photo by Vogue photographer Horst. 1939.
A movie still where she played Tony Curtis’ wife. The white veil is up for auction.
Moulin Movie poster. 1952.