The collection will feature 150 items, including furniture, personal items, photos, clothing, shoes, handbags and jewellery.
Head of Jewellery at Bonhams, Emily Waterfall said: “This sale encapsulates Diahann’s legacy through her personal memorabilia and offers a glimpse into her iconic lifestyle. We are thrilled to offer this special collection where every piece tells a story and shares a piece of Hollywood’s history.”
Highlights from the sale include a baby grand piano, estimated at $3,000 to $5,000,a working script for the pilot episode of Julia, estimated at $3,000 – 5,000, and a Silver-Topped Gold, Ruby and Diamond Brooch estimated for $10,000-12,000.
Carroll’s daughter, Suzanne Kay, said: “My mother was a fascinating, complicated, beautiful and talented woman who lived life to the fullest. As she travelled the world, she collected art, furniture and clothes that she loved and she firmly believed she deserved to have the best. She was a woman who never let anyone else define her.”
Carroll is best known for her Hollywood career in which she was a pioneer in breaking through the colour barrier of the entertainment world. She rose to prominence in one of the earliest major studio films to feature black casts.
She went on to win a Tony Award and an Oscar nomination, making television history with her roles in Julia and Dynasty.
Other highlights at the auction include:
- Head of Man Sculpture by Artis Lane, estimated for $3,000-5,000
- Diahann Carroll’s working script of Claudine estimated for $2,200-2,500
- Diahann Carroll’s working script for the pilot episode of the television series Julia, estimated for $4,500-5,500
- Diamond and Cultured Pearl Ring $40,000-60,000
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