Hollywood legend Doris Day’s prized possessions will soon be auctioned to benefit her beloved animal charity, months after she passed away.
Some 800 items belonging to the iconic American actress, who died in May, will be auctioned off in 2020 to mark what would have been her 98th birthday.
Fans of the wholesome comedic star, famed for her four marriages and impressive vocal range, are already getting excited at the prospect of getting their hands on her lacquered red piano, her Golden Globe accolades and more.
Icon: Up to 800 personal items belonging to the late actress Doris Day will be put up for auction in April 2020
All white on the night: The outfit, pictured, that Doris wore to accept her Golden Globe Award in 1989 will be up for auction
Julien’s Auctions will host the two-day auction in Beverly Hills and live online on April 4 and 5 2020.
As a noted animal lover, the proceeds will all be donated to benefit The Doris Day Animal Foundation, the Hollywood icon’s charity founded in 1978 to funds nonprofit animal-related causes.
Historic: Doris, pictured, was one of the most celebrated stars of the 20th century
On offer is an exclusive collection of her most iconic costumes and personal garments, such as a brown leather jacket worn on numerous episodes of The Doris Day Show in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Experts estimate the jacket will fetch between $2,000-$3,000.
An all-white ensemble worn when she received the Cecil B. DeMille Honorary Golden Globe Award in 1989 is expected to go for a similar price.
Other fashion highlights include a classic red wool coat worn by the star in the early 1960s and a white sweater dress.
Julien’s revealed that the Calamity Jane star’s Golden Globe awards are estimated to fetch between $4,000-$6,000 each.
And the classic 1930 Ford convertible seen in the opening credits of her Best Friends television show will likely go for $10,000-$20,000.
The red lacquer Young Chang upright piano gifted by her late son Terry Melcher, who pre-deceased her in 2004, is expected to attract bids between $2,000-$4,000.
Accolades: Julien’s Auctions estimates the Pillow Talk actress’ four Golden Globes will fetch at least $4,000 each
Motor: Doris’ 1930 Ford car, as seen in her show Best Friends, will likely be highly sought after
As seen on screen: The same car was used in the show during the 1980s
Gift: The star’s only son, Terry, gifted her a red lacquer upright piano which remained one of her most prized possessions
Mid-century and antique furnishings from her home in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, include vintage wicker items, her silver, crystal and porcelain tableware and animal-themed decorative pieces like a bulldog ice bucket.
Son: Doris pictured with her only son, the late Terry Melcher in 1989
Gifts by the likes of Paul McCartney (a yellow tole vase) and paintings by artist and singer Tony Bennett, Pierre Bonnard, Edward Szymyd, Cherry Jaffe Huldah, James Abbott McNeill Whistler and more will also be up for grabs.
A brass-embossed elephant planter gifted by her lifelong friend and rom-com co-star Rock Hudson will reportedly attract bids of $1,000-$2,000.
Another highlight is a leather bound issue of Architectural Digest with personalized cover featuring a pictorial spread inside Doris’ Beverly Hills home from the 1950s containing photographs of her furniture that are featured in this auction.
Subsequent personal items include her passport, from 1978, and her driving license.
Martin Nolan, executive director of Julien’s Auctions said: ‘Anything from Doris Day’s home will be sought after in the auction, firstly because they’re so amazing and secondly because all of the proceeds will benefit her animal foundation.
Gift: An elephant planter given to Doris by her close friend and co-star Rock Hudson
Wicker: The vintage red wicker furniture from her Carmel-by-the-Sea home will be included in the lot
Tableware: Silver, crystal and porcelain tableware owned by the actress makes up some of the 800 items
Animal lover: The Ohio-born performer was a lifelong animal lover and many of her personal items reflect that
Movie history: Doris’ film reels, pictured, are up for grabs at the estate sale including Pillow Talk, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award
‘Everybody knows how she loved her animals and that was so important to Doris during her lifetime.’
Before the auction, selected pieces will be displayed on exhibition in Ireland’s The Museum of Style Icons from November 2019 to February 2020 and on board the Cunard liner Queen Victoria during a March 2020 voyage from Florida to England.
Cincinnati, Ohio-born Doris, widely regarded as America’s Sweetheart during the 1950s and 1960s, was one of the top performers of the era.
She passed away in May 2019 aged 97 after contracting pneumonia.
According to a statement released by her charity, she died at her beloved estate home in Carmel Valley, where she has lived in solitude for the last several decades with her dozens of pets.
Friends: Doris and Rock Hudson, who died from AIDS-related causes in 1985, were beloved as an on-screen duo
The charity also revealed that ‘her wishes were that she have no funeral or memorial service and no grave marker.’
Instead, she wanted fans to donate to the charity she founded to save animals.
Originally a dancer, Doris found fame as a singer and had 30 Top-20 singles and hit number one four times in the early 1960s.
Famously self-proclaimed as ‘America’s virgin’, she appeared in some 39 films over two decades.
The Oscar-nominated ‘girl next door’ starred alongside everyone from Clarke Gable to Cary Grant and is one of eight performers to have been the top box-office earner in the United States four times.
All four of her marriages collapsed; her first husband beat her, the second left her, the third squandered her fortune and her fourth felt overlooked by her for her dogs.
Doris also suffered a bout of mental illness in 1950s at the height of her career, though her lowest point was the death of her only child, Terry, in 2004. He died aged 64 after battling melanoma.
She is survived by her adoring grandson Ryan Melcher.
Hollywood legends: Doris starred alongside Cary Grant, pictured, in the hit 1962 flick That Touch of Mink