Jun 20, 2024 10:00 EST

Stage & Screen

 
Lot 508
 

508

Tony Award Medallion won for "Kismet"

KISMET

The 1953-54 Tony Award for Best Musical presented to Charles Lederer and Luther Davis for Kismet. The heavy engraved Tony Award medallion with Antoinette Perry Award around the masks of Tragedy and Comedy on one side, the other with the engraved text The American Theatre Wing Presents to Charles Lederer and Luther Davis This Award for Their Musical Play Kismet 1953-54. Diameter 3 inches, in a later box; Together with an original photograph depicting the award recipients holding their medallions on the night of the Tonys (including presenter Audrey Hepburn) and the oversized souvenir program from the show in pictorial wrappers, this with some wear and stains.

Charles Lederer (1910-1976) had a very interesting and unusual Hollywood upbringing. His parents were Broadway producer George Ledered and his mother singer Reine Davies, sister to actress Marion Davies, who took him in at William Randolph Hearst's San Simeon "enchanted castle on the hill" after his parents' divorce. Lederer had an uncommon upbringing in Hollywood and was admitted to UC Berkeley at the age of 13 but dropped out to work as a journalist for Hearst's newspapers. He formed a friendship with Ben Hecht and shortly thereafter Citizen Cane screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz (with accusations of being the person who leaked the script to Davies and Hearst). Turning his talents to Broadway, Lederer is associated with the writers of the Algonquin Round Table such as Moss Hart, George S. Kaufman, Howard Dietz, Dorothy Parker, and others. Kismet won three Tony Awards in 1954 including the present award for Best Musical and this presents the opportunity to own a top award won by one of the most precocious personalities of the Golden Age Hollywood and American Musical Theater.

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KISMET

The 1953-54 Tony Award for Best Musical presented to Charles Lederer and Luther Davis for Kismet. The heavy engraved Tony Award medallion with Antoinette Perry Award around the masks of Tragedy and Comedy on one side, the other with the engraved text The American Theatre Wing Presents to Charles Lederer and Luther Davis This Award for Their Musical Play Kismet 1953-54. Diameter 3 inches, in a later box; Together with an original photograph depicting the award recipients holding their medallions on the night of the Tonys (including presenter Audrey Hepburn) and the oversized souvenir program from the show in pictorial wrappers, this with some wear and stains.

Charles Lederer (1910-1976) had a very interesting and unusual Hollywood upbringing. His parents were Broadway producer George Ledered and his mother singer Reine Davies, sister to actress Marion Davies, who took him in at William Randolph Hearst's San Simeon "enchanted castle on the hill" after his parents' divorce. Lederer had an uncommon upbringing in Hollywood and was admitted to UC Berkeley at the age of 13 but dropped out to work as a journalist for Hearst's newspapers. He formed a friendship with Ben Hecht and shortly thereafter Citizen Cane screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz (with accusations of being the person who leaked the script to Davies and Hearst). Turning his talents to Broadway, Lederer is associated with the writers of the Algonquin Round Table such as Moss Hart, George S. Kaufman, Howard Dietz, Dorothy Parker, and others. Kismet won three Tony Awards in 1954 including the present award for Best Musical and this presents the opportunity to own a top award won by one of the most precocious personalities of the Golden Age Hollywood and American Musical Theater.

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Auction: Stage & Screen, Jun 20, 2024

 

  • Popular Stage & Screen Auction on Thursday, June 20, 2024 at 10am

  • Memorabilia, Autographs, Artwork & Photographs of the Theater, Hollywood, Music and Dance

  • Consignments Are Currently Being Accepted for Future Auctions

NEW YORK, NY -- Doyle will host the popular Stage & Screen auction on Thursday, June 20, 2024 at 10am. Fans and collectors around the world will be delighted by the exciting offerings celebrating the performing arts of Theater, Hollywood, Music and Dance.

Highlights include:

  • The Collection of Mad Men Actor Bryan Batt (Sal Romano)
  • A rare example of the Viktor Schreckengost 'Jazz Bowl'
  • The master script for the stage direction of Pippin
  • A quotation from Over the Rainbow and a Judy Garland photo inscribed to Harold Arlen
  • Items signed by Elvis Presley and John Lennon
  • A Sandy Duncan Peter Pan costume
  • Al Hirschfeld illustrations and materials from the Harlem Renaissance
  • An early draft script of Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  • Early music items by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Puccini
  • Original costume designs for Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn by Edith Head

The Entertainment Community Fund
Recognizing the importance of the performing arts to the fabric of New York, Doyle is proud to donate 10% of our profit from this auction to the Entertainment Community Fund (formerly The Actors Fund), a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Additionally, Doyle will donate 100% of the Buyer's Premium on lots 502, 506, 516, 525, 530, 534, 596 and 610 to the Fund. For further information on the Entertainment Community Fund, visit EntertainmentCommunity.org

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