Want to own Springsteen’s jeans? Bette Midler’s gown? Elton’s glasses? Here’s your shot

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Want to own Springsteen’s jeans? Bette Midler’s gown? Elton’s glasses? Here’s your shot
By lana Keller
November 1, 2021

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If you want to own Bruce Springsteen’s jeans, Elton John’s glasses, Bette Midler’s gown or Hugh Jackman’s jacket, now’s your shot.

A live online auction, “Stage & Screen,” will take place Wednesday, April 28 — and it will benefit The Actors Fund.

In partnership with Christine Baranksi and Doyle Auctioneers, “Stage & Screen” will feature offerings from the worlds of theater, Hollywood, opera, dance and more, with lots including “original drawings, scenic and costume designs, photographs, meaningful wardrobe and one-of-a-kind memorabilia.”

“Talk about Spring Cleaning! I asked my friends and colleagues of stage and screen to lend support to this meaningful auction and the response has been extraordinary,”  Baranski said in a news release.

“Our colleagues in the performing arts need our support during this incredibly difficult time of crisis. The Actors Fund has provided a much-needed lifeline to our industry, and their work is nothing short of miraculous. I know I’m excited to see what Dolly Parton, Cher, Julie Andrews, Bruce Springsteen and over 20+ incredible stage and screen legends are pulling out of their closet! Let’s support The Actors Fund in what I know will be a fun, hopeful and nostalgic event!”

A portion of each sale will benefit The Actors Fund, with Baranski curating a collection of donations that will go 100 percent to the arts social services organization, including three dresses that she wore to the Golden Globe Awards, Emmy Awards and Kennedy Center Honors.

“We are so grateful for Doyle and especially to our good friend Christine Baranski for creating this extraordinarily fun way to fundraise,” said Joseph Benincasa, president and CEO of The Actors Fund.

“Our job is to support the people who work in performing arts and entertainment. This is a really beautiful example of how this marvelous community continues to find creative, new ways to return the favor.”

The Actors Fund has provided more than $20 million in emergency financial assistance to more than 15,800 people who work in performing arts and entertainment since the onset of the pandemic, officials say. Emergency financial assistance helps cover basic living expenses like food, medications, utilities and more. 

Highlights from the auction will be:

  • Celeste Holm’s Golden Globe awarded in 1947 for Gentlemen’s Agreement
  • Golden Age Hollywood and Theatre Memorabilia from the Celeste Holm Collection
  • The Estate of Thomas P. Lacy featuring classic Broadway costume & set designs
  • A “Wolverine” jacket from Hugh Jackman’s closet
  • Boots, jeans and T-shirt from Bruce Springsteen
  • Black sequin gown made by David Dalrymple. Worn at Hulaween 2014 and ITV special “It’s The Girls” in the UK from Bette Midler
  • Banjo signed by Steve Martin
  • Iconic glasses from Elton John
  • Bob Mackie dresses from Carol Burnett
  • Dolce & Gabbana dress worn by Glenn Close on the red carpet of the opening night of “Sunset Boulevard” 2/9/17
  • Leather Suit that Alan Cumming wore to the Tony Awards when he won the Best Actor in a Musical in 1998 for “Cabaret”
  • A collection of signed books from Julie Andrews
  • Oscar de la Renta gown worn by Renée Fleming to sing at the Diamond Jubilee Concert for Queen Elizabeth II in 2012 on the balcony of Buckingham Palace (with Alfie Boe).
  • A limited edition leather bound copy of the screenplay of “Downton Abbey” (the first film) signed by director, writer, producer and cast. There are only 30 of these in existence. Courtesy of Carnival Films.
  • Screen worn leather jackets from “The Good Wife”
  • Dress worn by Tina Fey to the 2013 Emmy Awards where she won for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for “30 Rock”

Leading up to the auction, new highlights will be revealed each week.

The live auction will begin at 10 a.m. April 28. The current selection can be viewed at doyle.com/auctions/21th01-theater-art-memorabilia/stage-screen. The interactive auction catalogue will be published at Doyle.com on Thursday, April 15.

To learn more about The Actors Fund, or make a donation, visit actorsfund.org.

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