Collins is undergoing a bit of clear-out of her home, and is putting forward a huge range of wardrobe items, jewellery, furniture and art to go under the hammer this week.
Legendary actress Dame Joan Collins is having something of a clear-out session, with the announcement that several personal items, including love letters written to her by Warren Beatty during the early ‘60s, are to go up for auction.
The sale, which features hundreds of objects from her home including lavish wardrobe items, sketches by her son Alexander Newley, furniture and art, takes place at Julien’s auction house on Wednesday December 16th.
However, it’s the two letters that are likely to attract the most interest. Beatty, who was recently identified as the subject of Carly Simon’s classic song ‘You’re So Vain’, was briefly engaged to Collins when they lived in New York in 1961 in Paul Newman’s apartment, both relative unknowns at that point in their careers.
Joan Collins is auctioning two love letters written to her by Warren Beatty in the early '60s
“His career was just starting when we met,” 82 year old Collins said ahead of the auction. “We had a lot of fun together. I think he is wonderful.” Beatty was later romantically connected to a host of women including Britt Ekland, Goldie Hawn, Madonna and Elle McPherson, while Collins has gone on to marry five times.
In one of the letters, Beatty (‘Dick Tracy’ star, now 78) writes mostly about himself, referring to his fiancée as “bird” and then telling her about a recent photo shoot he did, and also about a friend’s barbecue where he ate “what looked like a three-pound steak.”
Also included in the sale are sequinned dresses, fur coats, ostentatious hats and some her on-set clothes from when she played Alexis Carrington Colby in ‘Dynasty’, the US soap opera which ran from 1981 to 1989.
And yes, the blue dress she wore in the highly annoying Snickers advert from 2012, in which she reprised her ‘Dynasty’ character, is also up for grabs.
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