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Bob and Dolores Hope furniture, collectibles up for auction

September 18, 2013|By David A. Keeps

The home furnishings of Bob and Dolors Hope -- think Lucite tables and lamps, McGuire rattan chairs and other design finds from properties that included a John Lautner mansion in Palm Springs -- will be sold at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills from Friday and Saturday.

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Hope’s 1970s Lautner, which has been listed for $50 million, is contributing a wealth of 20th century classics to the auction, including a pair of acrylic table lamps by designer Karl Springer (estimated to sell for $2,000 to $3,000), an acrylic backgammon table ($800 to $1,200) and Walter Lamb outdoor furniture manufactured by Brown Jordan ($2,000 to $4,000).

A massive Japanese-style George I parcel gilt bureau cabinet ($75,000 to $85,000) and a papier-mâché praying Madonna figurine by Tony Duquette ($400 to $800) come from another Hope residence, an English-style estate in Toluca Lake by Robert Finkelhor, a prominent Los Angeles period revival architect to the stars.

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Items in the auction can be viewed at a public exhibition from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Thursday and during auction hours. The sale starts with a 2 p.m. session Friday and continues with 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. sessions on Saturday. Both auction and exhibition are at Julien’s Auctions, 9665 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 150 in Beverly Hills. For more information:


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