Dynasty star Joan Collins' items up for auction

Outfits which Dame Joan Collins is putting up for auction at Julien's Auctions in Los Angeles this week

LOVE letters from Warren Beatty, costumes from Dynasty and a perfume bottle from Natalie Wood are among the items Dame Joan Collins is putting up for auction.

The actor will also part with fox and mink furs, costume jewellery, furniture and couture gowns when the lots go under the hammer in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

The Collection of Dame Joan Collins will be sold at Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills and will also include her 1973 MG Midget convertible and the outfit she wore for her investiture at Buckingham Palace this year.

The cream dress, cape and black belt were designed by Dame Joan herself and the outfit is expected to fetch between US$5,000 (£3,300) and US$6,000 (£3,900).

She will also sell dozens of dresses and pairs of shoes, as well as her collection of turbans, which are listed for US$300 (£200) to US$500 (£330). In addition, her Louis Vuitton luggage and a monogrammed Gucci wardrobe bag, bearing the initials J.C.K., will also go under the hammer.

Dynasty fans who fondly remember her as Alexis Carrington Colby will have the chance to snap up some of her outrageous costumes from the cult show, including a fur and leather cape, which is expected to sell for more than US$1,000 (£650), and a pair of Yves Saint Laurent earrings, which are expected to fetch more than US$2,000 (£1314).

The two love letters from Beatty are dated 1960, when the couple were engaged and he was doing national service. The letters, which are part handwritten and part typed, are in their original envelopes and addressed to Miss Joan Collins at addresses in Rome. In one he addresses her as "bird" and lists his return address as Beverly Hills, California.

The letters, which are accompanied by a playbill from Beatty's first play and a photograph of the couple, are expected to fetch between US$1,500 (£980) and US$3,000 (£1,970).

A 14-carat gold perfume bottle given to Dame Joan by West Side Story actress Natalie Wood and her husband Robert Wagner is also up for sale and expected to fetch between US$3,000 (£1,970) and US$5,000 (£3,300).The engraved bottle, dated 1961, is also accompanied by a typed note from Wood from a decade later.

Fans who want a piece of Dame Joan's collection will have a chance to snap up more affordable items, such as a gentlemen's watch and match case, listed for US$100 (£65) to US$200 (£130), or a set of playing-card ashtrays and other ceramic items, which was expected to sell for around US$200.

The collection will be sold at auction on December 16 and bids will be taken in person, on the phone and online.


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