Hollywood icon Vivien Leigh’s personal belongings to be auctioned off

Vivien Leigh
Vivien Leigh
Vivien Leigh, star of Gone With the Wind, will have her personal items taken to auction later this year in London.

Over 250 items of Ms Leigh’s Clothing, jewellery, accessories and paintings will be sold by Sotheby’s in September.

Items included in the auction will be Leigh’s own copy of Gone With the Wind, in which she played the starring role, Scarlett O’Hara.

The copy is inscribed with a poem, hand-written by author Margaret Mitchell and is estimated to be sold for around £5,000 – £7,000.

Other items include the Gone With the Wind script, and the wig Leigh wore in A Streetcar Named Desire. 

A gold ring from Leigh’s second husband Laurence Olivier, a diamond bow pendant and a sterling silver cigarette box are also available to buy.

Each of the lot’s are estimated to sell anywhere between £100 and £100,000.

Sotheby’s UK Chairman, Harry Dalmeny, said the auction would allow buyers to ‘discover the real, and unexpected, Vivien Leigh.’

“We’re all guilty of confusing our favourite actresses with the heroines they portray, of blurring Vivien’s identity with that of Scarlett O’Hara or Blanche DuBois.”

“But, behind the guise of the most glamorous and talked-about woman of her age we find a fine art collector, patron, even a book worm, who was the intellectual equal of the literati, artists and aesthetes she counted among her coterie.”

Ms Leigh appeared in a number of Hollywood movies between the 1930’s and 60’s, with Ship of Fools being her final film.

Leigh’s family released a statement, stating: “We hope people take as much pleasure from this collection as our grandparents, parents and families have done.”

The Hollywood starlet suffered from bipolar disorder as well as chronic tuberculosis, which she ultimately died from at 53.

July 8 of this year marked 50 years since Leigh’s passing.

A full exhibition of all the available lots for auction will open on September 22.

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