Today, 28th April,2021 there is an auction in New York from the estate of Celeste Holm (1917-2012)
Celeste , at the age of 20, was in a touring cast of HAMLET, starring Leslie Howard. The above scrapbook was a gift to Celeste and her husband Wesley Addy from Leslie Howard’s widow.
Estimate $1,000 to $1,500.
This is a 1947 program for the Academy Awards.
What an amazing list of celebrities appearing at the Awards show.
Estimate for program: $300 to $500.
A signed photo of Dooley Wilson who had costarred with Celeste in the Broadway show, BLOOMER GIRL in 1944.
Estimate, $2,000 to $3,000.
The Sarah Siddons Award , given to Celeste for her performance in MAME in Chicago in 1967.
The fictional Siddons society (from ALL ABOUT EVE) became a real awards society in Chicago in 1952.
Estimate: $10,000 to $15,000.
All the items from the Celeste Holm collection can be viewed at http://www.Doyle.com/auctions. ( “stage and screen sale”.)
A Celeste Holm gallery:
With Yul Brynner. THE KING AND I. ( Celeste took over from Gertrude Lawrence on Broadway.)
I was fortunate to see Celeste in LADY IN THE DARK in Nottingham in 1981. A precious memory.
Wesley Addy was Celeste’s fourth husband. They were married from 1966 till his death in 1996. I’ll always remember Wesley for his brief role in one of my favourites, “Kiss Me Deadly”. His disdain for Mike Hammer was visceral. I wished he’d had a bigger role.
Note: The Leslie Howard scrapbook sold for $945.
The Oscar program went for $189.
The Dooley Wilson photo – $2520.
The Sarah Siddons Award didn’t sell.