But for today, i've decided to share some inspiring auction lots, spotted on time-killing sites like Live Auctioneers, and Art Fact (but beware! These sites have totally usurped my eBay addiction, ten fold). Here are some favorite items, both recently sold, and currently open for bidding;
All images above from the Perfume Bottles auction in NYC, on May 1st. (L to R): 19th cent. European blue crystal figural snake scent bottle (sold for $2,400. What recession?), Rose Valois figural mini-scent bottles with little fabric hats c.1950s (sold for $750), Bourday Narcisse parfum feat. a 1920s bathing beauty and wooden stopper (too cute! Sold for $300). 2nd row: Mexican Paper mache lipsticks by Gemma c.1960s (sold for $125), fabulous "Opening Night" brooch by Lucien Lelong for Mosell c.1934 (sold for $2,900), Sortilege perfume from NYC's legendary Stork Club c.1940s (sold for $250).
Above featured in the Rossini Maison de Ventes aux Enchéres (Jazz memorabilia) auction in Paris on May 15th (L to R): Rare 1920s music-hall photograph of Josephine Baker, Folies Bergére magazine c.1926-1927 featuring Josephine Baker on cover, Booklet for the Moulin Rouge of Paris performing at Harlem's famous Cotton Club in the early-1930s.
Items above were sold on May 2nd & 3rd, at a fabulous auction of items from the homes of heiress/philanthropist, Doris Duke. (from L to R): Dreamy antique italian marble allegorical figure of fortitude (sold for $225,000), celarette barrel from Rudolph Valentino's Hollywood estate, Falcon Lair (sold for $1,200), outrageously wonderful terrestrial globe of sterling silver and set with real gems (sold for $5,000). 2nd row: Hand-sewn vintage calico kitten sachets (sold for $175) 3rd Row: Mid-century shell encrusted box (sold for $325), vintage "Here I stopped" 14K gold bookmark with D.D. monogram (sold for $3,500), mid-century Fornasetti "Strumenti Musicali" plates (sold for $400).
And i'd like to bid a heartfelt adieu to several inspiring personalities that are now wearing white Grecian gowns, and playing harps while lounging on clouds . . .
Actor/Chef/Author/Muppet Show regular, Dom DeLuise, who Lizzie and I once took a memorable ride in an elevator with, on our way to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in the early-'80s, when out of nowhere he looked at Lizzie, screamed, then threw handfuls of party confetti into the air. Needless to say, he won our hearts immediately.
Maxime de la Falaise, a true-Renaissance woman, having been in her colorful lifetime, a high fashion model, a designer of clothing and home decor, as well as a food writer for Vogue, and a muse to designers and artists such as Yves Saint Laurent, Elsa Schiaparelli, and Andy Warhol.
Legendary prima-ballerina of the Bolshoi Ballet, Ekaterina Maximova, who will blow your mind with her otherworldly perfection in this clip of her mad-crazy fouette style, and here, where the audience goes wild for her performance in Don Quixote. And here, as an adorable, doll-like, Sugar Plum Fairy.
And Sable Starr, famous '70s groupie, punk muse, and true love of Johnny Thunders.
Photos: Mom Smackley on Flickr, Lorenzo Tricoli on Flickr