Imagine owning an exquisite dress worn by Princess Diana. You can!

Imagine owning a dress This exquisite full-length beaded dress custom-made for Lady Di by Andre Van Pier, the iconic American fashion designer, will be sold Saturday, October 15th. (photo courtesy Premiere Props)

It's very possible, if you are a bidder in the Premiere Props Hollywood Auction Extravaganza XLIII, which gets underway on Saturday, Oct. 15, at 11 am Pacific Coast time, at the firm's gallery in El Segundo, California, and online (at Up for bid is the exquisite full-length beaded dress custom-made for Lady Di by Andre Van Pier, the iconic American fashion designer whose first client was then-First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. Also in the sale is a cream silk dress owned and worn by the late singer Whitney Houston.

The auction will also feature (just in time for Halloween) movie props and costumes from the current smash films Don't Breathe (an outfit, silver and rubber fake handgun and thin metal walking stick used by actor Stephen Lang, who played the blind man in the film); Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds's screen-used sword and his bloody white long-sleeved hooded sweater and a tank-top shirt); Blair Witch and others; plus marquettes (pre-production study models) for the screen screams Freddy vs. Jason and Gremlins 2. Visit



Van Goyen painting with historical significance to be auctioned Oct. 16

Van Goyen painting This oil on board by the Dutch landscape artist Jan Van Goyen (1596-1656) is signed lower left and is 10 ¾ inches by 18 ½ inches (est. $40,000-$60,000). (photo courtesy Auction Life)

Lot #100 in Auction Life’s “Twice is Nice” sale (art, jewelry, porcelains and more) on Sunday, October 16th, in Boca Raton, Florida, is a 17th century oil on panel by the Dutch Master artist Jan Van Goyen (1596-1656), with historical significance. It's also the auction's expected top lot, with a pre-sale estimate of $40,000-$60,000. The painting comes from the estate of the late Dr. Ladislav Alexander, a celebrated hero in post-World War II Czechoslovakia (pre-war Hungary). He took great personal risk by offering refuge to Jews immediately after the war.

On his family property in the city of Kosice, Dr. Alexander converted a large building into 22 apartments and seven stores as a sanctuary for war-oppressed Jews. His wife cared and cooked for them until they could get on their feet. But when Communists invaded the town, Dr. Alexander was arrested and imprisoned. His brother bribed police to buy his freedom in 1949, and Dr. Alexander acquired three paintings (including the Van Goyen) as investments. The artist-signed painting has remained in the family ever since. Visit



Louis and Shirley Hecht – lovers of Americana and decorative arts

HyperFocal: 0 This mixed media abstract blue figure with black lines by Dutch-American artist Karel Appel (1921-2006) will be offered in Pook & Pook's Oct. 7th sale. (photo courtesy Pook & Pook, Inc.)

Sometimes it's easy to lose sight of the fact that with every estate sale there is a history and a life that went into the building of that estate, often encompassing many decades. Take Louis and Shirley Hecht. The couple met at a barn dance in 1938 and married after Louis served in World War II. They were married for 67 years and during that time opened an antiques shop in Pikesville, Maryland. Both loved decorative arts. Louis founded Louis G. Hecht Associates, Ltd., an appraisal services firm specializing in American and Continental decorative arts.

Both Shirley and Louis are gone, but their collection of mostly wonderful Americana pieces is being offered by way of their two surviving children at Pook & Pook, Inc.'s fall auction, planned  for Friday, October 7th, in Downingtown, Pa. Sample lots include a rare 19th century red, green, yellow and black rainbow spatter swirl pattern cup and saucer; a Boston Queen Anne burl walnut veneer dressing table, circa 1760; and a mixed media abstract blue figure with black lines painting by Karel Appel (Dutch/Am., 1921-2006). Visit