Lauren Bacall was New York born and bred, described by her friend Gregory Peck as a “Tough Broad’. And indeed she was, having been born in the Bronx in 1924. She acquired a genuine sophistication and lowered her voice from her native nasal squeak to the low husky drawl she became famous for, but she never lost the up front sass that was pure Bronx.
Now her esate is being sold, a lifetime’s collection of art, jewelry, furnishings and knick knacks. See the video of Glenn Close visitng her in her Dakota apartment for the closest look any of us everyday folk are going to see of that apartment and what she had in it. It’s not a guided tour but you see walls crowded with art works, embroidered cushions, side tables and the bits and pieces of everyday life. Now you can see all those individual items in the gallery catalogue which lists what is for sale.
All her possessions are being sold by Bonhams, whose New York premises are in Madison Ave, her things on sale on March 31 and April 1. There is a online catalogue on the site which you can browse, but if you want to bid on anything bone up on all the requirements on how to register and either bid in person or online. Seeing all the things in the catalogue is a way of appreciating her in a more personal way because all of these possessions in some way reflect her personality and taste.
We all know the view we get of celebrities is a curated one and we would do the same if we had the chance. Who wouldn’t like to be photographed always from their ‘best’ side? But I guess we would all like to be remembered for our humanity and when we see a lifetime’s possessions laid out like hers are now it’s very touching and human. Thank you Lauren fro always living up to who you were and for always demonstrating your New York roots in the way you tackled life full on.