Bonhams Auction: June 2021

Bonhams   in Los Angeles are holding an auction on 8th June, 2021 and the full catalogue can be viewed at

Of interest to vintage Hollywood fans is the private stills collection of postal worker Stanley Simon (1945-2017).

A total 10,000 photographs reflected  Mr.Simon’s  film interests    The collection is described as the most extensive collection of Hollywood images in private hands.

If only the new Hollywood  museum was able to buy the entire collection and keep it intact.


Examples  of the bid prices:

  • 78 photos of Humphrey Bogart. $1500- $2500.
  • 94 photos from The Wolf Man.$5000-$7000.
  • 99 photos of Katharine Hepburn.$3000-$5000.
  • 22 photos of Claude Rains in The Invisible Man. $1000-$1500.
  • 57 photos of James Cagney. $1000-$1500.


Here are some samples of the stills on sale:


Fay Wray and Kong’s  hand.


Elsa Lanchester, Boris Karloff.BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN


Claude Rains gets his hair-do as Prince John for  THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD. .

With a photo of Claude for reference on the table.


Amazing outfit worn by Claudette Colbert in CLEOPATRA.


Charles Boyer, Claudette Colbert, Joel McCrea. PRIVATE WORLDS.



Mitchell Leisen, Claudette  Colbert on the Paramount lot while shooting NO TIME FOR LOVE.



Frank Capra gets up close to Jack Carson, Jean Arthur , Thomas Mitchell in MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON.


Katharine Hepburn surrounded by some of the cast and crew of THE PHILADELPHIA STORY.

Ruth Hussey bottom left, John  Howard to Kate’s right, George Cukor , James Stewart .


Humphrey Bogart.


James Cagney.

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