Sunday, June 10, 2012

Gene Kelly memorabilia to be offered at Sotheby's Fine Books and Manuscripts sale

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A gold and enamel money clip given to Gene Kelly by Cyd Charisse. Gold and enamel money clip (2 3/8 x 1 1/4 in.; 62 x 33 mm). Est. $7/10,000. Photo: Sotheby's.

NEW YORK, NY.- A remarkable collection of memorabilia that was once owned by the actor and singer Gene Kelly will be offered in Sotheby’s Fine Books and Manuscripts sale on 15th June 2012. The group of three lots all previously belonged to the star who is widely acknowledged as one of the most recognizable Hollywood figures of his day. 
All the pieces were given by the actor to his daughter Kerry Kelly Novick and go on view at Sotheby’s on Saturday 9 June. Gene Kelly is perhaps best known for Singin’ In The Rain, the 1952 musical which he both directed and stared in as Don Lockwood. A Gold Enamel Money Clip was given to Kelly by Cyd Charisse with whom he partnered in the film’s ‘Broadway Melody’ ballet sequence. The money clip is both a personal memento and an emblematic relic of the film which has been voted the greatest American musical of all time by the American Film Institute (est. $7/10,000) ... More

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