I am seriously bummed to the max about forgetting to bid on this fab silk flapper dress on ebay. It ended up selling for a mere $17 bucks. How did I forget to check ebay you may ask? Blame Georgie and his distracting cuteness.
remember my post a few month back on that incredible estate sale in Pasadena? Well the same crew recently sold off the estate of darling hairdresser Lily Dirigo, who worked on all the famous silent movie heads.
Some of the stuff in her estate sold yesterday for next to nothing- WHY WHY WHY did I forget to bid on these lovely things: they are old carved brooches and the pair sold for $9.99 You know how I love cluster pins!
she also had tons of cool pictures of the celebs she worked on back then, often with personal autographs on the back. I wanted to win Viv the Vint. 1932 Marlene Dietrich 'Shanghai Express' Photo. But it sold for a whopping $332!
This is a great set of two antique movie promo photos. They feature June Collyer and Mary Astor and they are standing in front of a two way mirror, miming each others actions. They were photographed by Max Mun Autrey. Their hair was done by Lily Dirigo, Carmen's mother.
This is a wonderful find, an antique movie still photo of Ms. Jetta Goudal. She was a silent film star in the 1920s and one of Cecil B. DeMille's stars. She is featured in this promo still, and the original owner has written her name on the back of the photo in pencil.
here's the info listed on their website for her:
Carmen was a Hollywood hair stylist who worked on many of the top stars during the
Golden Age of Hollywood, including Gary Cooper, Fredric March, Orson Welles, Gracie
Allen, Frances Dee, Ronald Colman, W.C. Fields, Mae West, Gary Grant, Merle Oberon(Wuthering
Heights), Joan Fontaine, Paulette Goddard, and Joan Bennett (Carmen's maid of
honor in 1940)etc.
She began as a dancer and showgirl in the Hollywood Box Revue in the 1920s. Carmen
performed in numerous theatrical productions including "No, No Nanette"
for Carter DeHaven and Oliver Morosco, theatrical producer, in "The Morning
After". She also performed at the Pantages and Egyptian Theatres in Hollywood.
Carmen became a hair dresser in the 1930s doing men's wigs and went from there
doing hundreds of films, two including two Oscar winning movies, Stagecoach and
Wuthering Heights. She ended up her career in television in the early 1960's.
Her mother, Lily, worked at the Carl Laemmle Studios (Universal) in the early 20's.
After convincing Carl Laemmle Sr. of the need for touch up and hair 'adjusting'
and styling, Lily became the first 'on studio lot', full-time hairdresser
in the motion picture business. She worked on Greta Garbo, Loretta Young, Priscilla
Dean, Una Merkel and many others in the silents and on into the talkies until 1957
with 'Around the World in 80 Days'.
Carmen started painting the 1980s and passed away at the age of 99 last year, 2007.
Watch for our other auctions featuring more paintings, movie stills, Carmen and
Lily at work photos, jewelry, Hollywood history, postcards, sheet music, Equestrian
paper, and other historical ephemera.
some can be found here: http://search.ebay.com/_W0QQsassZsyes
I also couldn't afford this stuff on ebay either...
from other random sellers- alas the auctions are kaput
hey, you win some you lose some, right?
and as we all know the last thing I need is more stuff. But of course sharing it with you folks makes it seem more comforting