May 1, 2024 10:00 EST

Rare Books, Autographs & Maps

 
  Lot 322
 

322

A signed sketch for Breakfast at Tiffany's

Estate / Collection: The Collection of EJ Gonzalez

[COSTUME DESIGN]

EDITH HEAD. Original sketch for a gown worn by Dorothy Whitney in Breakfast at Tiffany's. Design for Paramount Pictures, circa 1961. Gouache, pencil and ink sketch on paper. Signed "Edith Head" at bottom right in ink, with ink notations "13" and "int party" on right side. The sheet measures 16 1/2 x 14 inches (42 x 35.5 cm). Framed. Smudging to corners, mild rippling, slight wear to lower left corner, slight soiling to edges on verso.

A fine sketch depicting a white floor-length boatneck gown worn by Dorothy Whitney as the lively model Mag Wildwood in Breakfast at Tiffany's. The design of the dress changed before filming, as the dress in the film has a slightly higher neckline and is decorated with crystals, rather than the blue flowers shown here. Black gloves, a hat, and chandelier earrings were added to the outfit and the necklaces and bracelets were removed. Both the sketch and the film's dress have a white tied sash at the waist. The silhouette and overall cut of the dress remain the same.

Sold for $1,280
Estimated at $2,000 - $3,000

Includes Buyer's Premium


 

Estate / Collection: The Collection of EJ Gonzalez

[COSTUME DESIGN]

EDITH HEAD. Original sketch for a gown worn by Dorothy Whitney in Breakfast at Tiffany's. Design for Paramount Pictures, circa 1961. Gouache, pencil and ink sketch on paper. Signed "Edith Head" at bottom right in ink, with ink notations "13" and "int party" on right side. The sheet measures 16 1/2 x 14 inches (42 x 35.5 cm). Framed. Smudging to corners, mild rippling, slight wear to lower left corner, slight soiling to edges on verso.

A fine sketch depicting a white floor-length boatneck gown worn by Dorothy Whitney as the lively model Mag Wildwood in Breakfast at Tiffany's. The design of the dress changed before filming, as the dress in the film has a slightly higher neckline and is decorated with crystals, rather than the blue flowers shown here. Black gloves, a hat, and chandelier earrings were added to the outfit and the necklaces and bracelets were removed. Both the sketch and the film's dress have a white tied sash at the waist. The silhouette and overall cut of the dress remain the same.

Auction: Rare Books, Autographs & Maps, May 1, 2024

  • Auction of Rare Books, Autographs & Maps on May 1, 2024 Totals $1.2 Million

  • A Medieval Manuscript Rules of St. Augustine Achieves $102k

  • Consignments Are Currently Being Accepted for Future Auctions


NEW YORK, NY -- Competitive bidding at Doyle’s May 1, 2024 auction of Rare Books, Autographs & Maps drove strong prices and a sale total that topped $1.2 million, surpassing expectations.

Featured in the sale was a fascinating selection of early manuscripts that achieved exceptional results. Highlighting the group was a 14th century manuscript of the Rules of St. Augustine from an English priory that soared over its $8,000-12,000 estimate to realize a stunning $102,100. The Rule of St. Augustine is among the earliest of all monastic rules, created about 400, and it was an influence on all that succeeded it. Other notable results included a 14th century Etymologiae of St. Isidore estimated at $5,000-8,000 that achieved $51,200 and a 15th century Prayer Book of Jehan Bernachier estimated at $10,000-15,000 that sold for $28,800.

A first edition of John James Audubon's octavo Birds of America sold for $41,600, far over its $25,000-35,000 estimate. Published in 1840-1844 in seven volumes, the first octavo edition was the final Birds of America publication overseen by Audubon in his lifetime.

The Fred Rotondaro Collection offered rare books and manuscripts on a range of subjects touching the African American experience in the United States over three centuries. A first edition copy of Frederick Douglass’ 1876 speech at the unveiling of the Freedman's Monument in Washington realized $12,800, far exceeding its $3,000-5,000 estimate. A first edition of the first issue of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin from 1852 also achieved $12,800.

Highlighting the range of offerings from the Ken Harte Collection of Natural History was a first edition Richard Bowdler Sharpe’s beautifully illustrated monograph of Kingfishers, 1868-71, that sold for $14,080, doubling its $6,000-8,000 estimate. It was accompanied by an inscribed copy of the rare unfinished chapter on the anatomy of the kingfisher by James Murie.


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