Rock Hudson's furnishings, from the Beverly Hills home recently sold through probate proceedings to director John Landis, will be auctioned in New York City Aug. 20 at 10 a.m. in the William Doyle Galleries, 175 East 87th St.
Maryalice Adams, a spokeswoman for the galleries, said, "All his furniture, paintings and art will be auctioned, and we expect to get (a total of) between $125,000 and $175,000, but we could get a lot more."
She bases this on past experience in auctioning celebrities' belongings like the scarf owned by the late actress Gloria Swanson that was expected to fetch $200 but went for $8,000.
And last April, when the galleries auctioned off Hudson's furnishings from his New York apartment, a carpenter's bench, given to the late actor by Elizabeth Taylor and inscribed "To my friend Rock" in lavender ink, was estimated to be worth $100 to $200, but it sold for $1,400.
This time, the item that may bring in the biggest price may be a Steinway concert grand valued at $12,000 to $18,000, but there also will be memorabilia a-plenty, including Hudson's high-school yearbook, a black binder filled with publicity photos from many of his early films, and a pair of candlesticks made from the fenceposts of his family's Illinois farm.
For a gander before the auction, there will be an exhibition at the galleries next Saturday and Sunday and the following Monday and Tuesday.
Speaking of New York, superstar developer Donald Trump has been in the news so much for other things (planning to build a hotel in Moscow and working on NBC to move to his planned Television City) that his latest residential development, Trump Parc, has gotten little notice.
Could be that Trump Parc is even better known overseas, because--as a project spokeswoman explained it--"Trump goes in a big way for advertising to foreigners." In fact, about 80% of the building is already sold, many to foreigners, though the project isn't due to be completed until the end of the year. Among the buyers: a Japanese CEO who bought seven three-bedroom units and is combining them into a condo valued at $20 million!
One of the most recent buyers isn't a foreigner, though. It's actor Larry Hagman, whose main residence is in Malibu Colony. He bought a two-bedroom unit with a fantastic terrace and views of Central Park for more than $1 million, we hear.
Trump Parc is a rehab of what is described as "New York's first residential hotel for artists and musicians." (It's a few blocks from Carnegie Hall.)
The building was known as the Barbizon Plaza when it opened about 1930 with 1,500 rooms renting for $3 a night. As Trump Parc, the building will have 340 condos, selling for up to $4 million each, and a goldleaf crown illuminated by the Douglas Leigh Organization, the same company that lights the top of the Empire State Building and Waldorf-Astoria.
Watch out, Cooper Building! Shoppers may not need to squeeze into your crowded elevators and stairways or those of other buildings in downtown L. A.'s Garment District once George Rudes' apparel complex opens this Friday at 2305-2307 Santa Fe St.
Rudes conceived of the $12.5-million business park to lure apparel manufacturers away from the congested garment district (around 9th and Los Angeles streets), but on Saturdays, when the facilities are open to the public, they'll probably lure wholesale shoppers as well.
The new complex will house four apparel manufacturers, including Rudes' Saint Germain, in eight climate-controlled warehouses, which will also have a day-care center for employees, a helicopter-landing pad; uniformed, 24-hour security guards; lush, tropical landscaping (where would you get \o7 that \f7 in the Garment District?), and an executive dining room and other restaurant run by Catering by Feldman, whose head chef is Paul Canzano.
Canzano was White House chef under the Ford and Carter administrations before he became personal chef for a number of notables including Henry and Nancy Kissinger and, later, Bob and Delores Hope, a spokesman for Rudes said.
West L. A.'s Sepulveda Corridor has taken another leap forward in becoming a snazzy, entertainment-related street with New World Entertainment's signing of a long-term lease valued at more than $40 million.
Besides the lease, for the entire five floors of Tishman West's Westwood Terrace being built at Massachusetts Avenue and Sepulveda, New World (producer of such TV shows as "Sledgehammer" and "Crime Story" and films as "Soul Man" and "Creepshow II") also got a piece of the Tishman West project, scheduled for completion in December.
New World already occupies 80% of another Tishman West development two blocks away.