Papers, costumes and other valuables of the late Lucille Ball, seen in a 1953 photo with her husband and “I Love Lucy” costar, Desi Arnaz, are hitting the auction block. (Museum of TV & Radio )
“Mementos from the life and work of Lucille Ball are hitting the auction block. Hollywood memorabilia auctioneer Profiles in History will be putting what is being described as the “finest collection” of the “I Love Lucy” star’s papers, costumes and other items ever offered up for sale on Tuesday in Los Angeles.
The star of the auction is Ball’s signature polka dot dress that she wore as Lucy Ricardo on the series. It is estimated to sell for $40,000-$60,000.
Other items include Ball’s signed contract with producer Sam Goldwyn for her earliest films, including 1933’s “Roman Scandals,” which is expected to sell for $1,000-$1,500; her striped dress suit from the 1950 Bob Hope comedy “Fancy Pants” has been estimated at $4,000-$6,000; a fox stole she wore in the third season of “I Love Lucy” is expected to fetch $3,000-$5,000; and a blue skirt featured in the classic John Wayne episode of the pioneering CBS comedy series is expected to go for $2,000-$3,000.”
A short clip of pictures of Lucille in “Roman Scandals” and YES that is her, the blonde!!
I adore this picture!! I just can’t believe my eyes and think it is so lovely to find pictures of some of your favorite actors when they were young. I dare everyone to try and guess before looking at the name below.
AKA Ethel Mertz on TV’s “I Love Lucy”!!!
I looooooove Lucy!!!!
When I was a young child something that I shared with my mother and grandmother is that we loved to watch I love Lucy. She was a wild woman who would do anything to make her audience laugh. As an adult I can honestly say Lucy’s character was very catty, a tad bitchy, especially to her good friend Ethel, but still a good wife and mother. I still enjoy watching I Love Lucy episodes to this day with my daughter!
Lucille Ball was quite the actress and comedian well outside of her part in the I Love Lucy show. Lucille Desiree Ball was born on April 6, 1911 in Jamestown, New York. Her career started in 1933 when she appeared in The Bowery and 28 other films by 1936 including Moulin Rouge and The Three Musketeers before her name started to appear in the credits. Not many people know but Lucille Ball was one of the original Follies Girls aka Ziegfeld Follies. They were in a series of Broadway shows but were known for the many beautiful girls in very risqué costumes!
Check this out, what a lineup!!
I love Lucy most when she is playing something that is outside of her I love Lucy shows. She is a great actress and I adore her opposite Bob Hope.
I do have a movie suggestion, a must see of early Lucille Ball films and that would be “Having a Wonderful Time” (1938) starting Ginger Rogers. Lucy plays a college crazy woman called, “screwball”. It’s quit fitting for Lucy and she is her usual wild self. I also want to add that although she is known for her wild red hair, she has also been a blonde and a brunette.
Lucy is obviously beautiful and known for her comedy, but I have seen her in a serious roll, much later in her career, which left me speechless. She was so incredibly talented and diverse. She stared in a TV movie in 1985 called Stone Pillow. In this movie she plays a homeless woman who befriends a young social worker. Another Lucy must see.
I hope you enjoyed my tribute to Lucille Ball!