Lauren Bacall lived in one of the most iconic apartments in New York City, and this weekend, an auction of items the actress kept inside the Manhattan apartment raised $3.6 million.
The two-day auction sold a range of items from the film legend’s apartment, including jewelry and artwork. The auction included items Lauren Bacall owned with her first husband, Humphrey Bogart, which all sold above their high estimates, the Associated Press reported. One steamer trunk owned by the couple went for $47,500, for example.
The report noted some other highlights of the Lauren Bacall auction.
“Other highlights included an 1836 hand-colored Audubon engraving titled ‘American White Pelican’ which sold for $173,000.
“Two paintings by Albert Edward York, ‘Landscape with Trees’ and ‘A Country Fence,’ sold for $161,000, setting an auction record for the American artist.
“Bonhams also sold two Henry Moore sculptures from her collection in November, bringing the final sale result to $5 million.”
Bacall’s apartment itself has already been on the market for a few months. Last November, her place in the famed Dakota building went up for sale for $26 million.
As the real estate blog the Real Deal noted, the property itself has gotten quite a bit of fame not only for its location near Central Park, but for its famous connection.
“The 93-unit landmark building, at 1 West 72nd Street, is one of the city’s most elite properties. It’s also among the stodgiest, having turned down the liked of Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas. In 2011, it was hit with a racial bias suit by hedge fund manager Alphonse ‘Buddy’ Fletcher.”
Bacall paid $48,000 for the property when she bought it in 1961, but the Manhattan landmark was last valued at $9 million.
“Almost all of the important rooms face the park,” said a source familiar with the property told the Real Deal.
The source added that the apartment has a total of seven fireplaces and “tons of original details.”
The Lauren Bacall auction came just seven months after the actress died at the age of 89. The late actress made headlines at the time by leaving $10,000 in her will to ensure that her dog, Sophie, was well taken care of. The rest of the money was split among her three children but also set aside some money for longtime staffers, including $15,000 for her longtime maid and $10,000 for another staffer, Maria Santos.
[Photo courtesy of Stuart Conway/The Telegraph]