Jun 20, 2024 10:00 EST

Stage & Screen

 
Lot 666
 

666

A fine original Edith Head sketch for Grace Kelly's wedding trousseau

Estate / Collection: Property of an Edith Head Collection

EDITH HEAD

An original design for Grace Kelly's wedding trousseau. An original drawing in ink, pencil and watercolor on paper depicting a white dress, hat and gloves to be worn by Grace Kelly upon her arrival in Monaco before her wedding to Prince Rainier in April 1956 (see note). The sheet measures 16 5/8 x 12 3/4 inches (42.25 x 32.25 cm). Fine.

Edith Head and Grace Kelly became close friends during the making of the iconic Alfred Hitchcock films (Rear Window, To Catch a Thief) at Paramount studios in the mid 1950s. Grace was under contract to MGM but, in a practice that was quite common, MGM "loaned" her out to Paramount, where Edith was the head costume designer.

When Grace announced her engagement to Prince Rainier, Edith Head assumed that she would be asked to design the wedding dress. Instead, Helen Rose, the lead costume designer in the wardrobe department of MGM was selected. The dress was a wedding gift to Grace from the MGM studio. However, Grace did ask Edith to design her travel wardrobe for the voyage to Monaco as well as her trousseau for the honeymoon. This rare sketch depicts an outfit that was meant to be worn as Grace arrived by ship in Monaco on April 12, 1956, just days before her wedding. Unfortunately, the ensemble assumed warm weather and the day Grace arrived the weather was cold and damp. However, Grace loved the hat and wore it with a different outfit which was warmer.

In 2023, Prince Albert released many "home movies" which for years were unseen by anyone but the royal family. PBS aired the documentary narrated by the Prince himself and the images of Grace wearing the hat upon her arrival in Monaco on April 12th, 1956 are from that documentary. The images seen as part of this lot entry are stills from that documentary and are not included in the lot.

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$3,000 - $5,000
 

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Estate / Collection: Property of an Edith Head Collection

EDITH HEAD

An original design for Grace Kelly's wedding trousseau. An original drawing in ink, pencil and watercolor on paper depicting a white dress, hat and gloves to be worn by Grace Kelly upon her arrival in Monaco before her wedding to Prince Rainier in April 1956 (see note). The sheet measures 16 5/8 x 12 3/4 inches (42.25 x 32.25 cm). Fine.

Edith Head and Grace Kelly became close friends during the making of the iconic Alfred Hitchcock films (Rear Window, To Catch a Thief) at Paramount studios in the mid 1950s. Grace was under contract to MGM but, in a practice that was quite common, MGM "loaned" her out to Paramount, where Edith was the head costume designer.

When Grace announced her engagement to Prince Rainier, Edith Head assumed that she would be asked to design the wedding dress. Instead, Helen Rose, the lead costume designer in the wardrobe department of MGM was selected. The dress was a wedding gift to Grace from the MGM studio. However, Grace did ask Edith to design her travel wardrobe for the voyage to Monaco as well as her trousseau for the honeymoon. This rare sketch depicts an outfit that was meant to be worn as Grace arrived by ship in Monaco on April 12, 1956, just days before her wedding. Unfortunately, the ensemble assumed warm weather and the day Grace arrived the weather was cold and damp. However, Grace loved the hat and wore it with a different outfit which was warmer.

In 2023, Prince Albert released many "home movies" which for years were unseen by anyone but the royal family. PBS aired the documentary narrated by the Prince himself and the images of Grace wearing the hat upon her arrival in Monaco on April 12th, 1956 are from that documentary. The images seen as part of this lot entry are stills from that documentary and are not included in the lot.

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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

The Collection of Stephen Sondheim
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