Julien's Auctions will partner with Snickers to auction dress

Have you seen the hilarious TV commercial for Snickers candy bars, where the actor Willem Dafoe recreates the subway grate scene made famous by Marilyn Monroe in the 1955 film The Seven Year Itch? In September (time and date TBD), Julien's Auctions of Beverly Hills, Calif., will partner with Snickers to auction the custom-designed dress worn by Dafoe in that very TV ad. All proceeds will be donated to Feeding America, the hunger-relief organization. The commercial was first aired during Super Bowl 50 but was so popular it continued after that.

The original dress, worn by Miss Monroe, was designed by William Travilla and became one of the most famous dresses in cinema history. The dress worn by Dafoe was meticulously created to match every inch and detail of the original garment, down to the patterns and pleating. It was designed by Cherish Cullison and created by International Pleating in New York City. In the commercial, a hungry version of Monroe's blond bombshell character transforms the grumpy, less-than-sexy Dafoe back into Monroe's seductive self, but only after she's given a Snickers bar.


Elizabeth Copeland chalice cup will come up for bid on June 18th

One of the more intriguing and historically significant items in Kaminski Auctions' upcoming June 18th sale in Beverly, Massachusetts is an Arts and Crafts silver and enamel chalice cup handcrafted by the renowned Boston artist Elizabeth Copeland. Typical of Ms. Copeland's work, the 6-inch-tall piece was styled as a religious chalice cup and is encrusted with rich, colored, semi-precious gemstones and the bowl of the cup is lined in translucent mother-of-pearl. It is signed “EC” at the base and a label that's inscribed, “No. 7 loaned by Dr. Bigelow from E. Copeland, Boston.”

A prominent Boston Brahmin named Sarah Choate Sears (1858-1935), herself a serious collector, became interested in Ms. Copeland's work and sponsored her to travel and study in Europe in 1908. Copeland's work includes silver enameled repousse boxes and most of her pieces are religious in design and nature. Today, her work can be found in the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and in many other museums across the United States. The Kaminski sale will also feature 19th century bronzes by Cheret, Mene, Peinte, Anfrie and Lieberich. (www.kaminskiauctions.com).


It may be a Discovery Auction, but it sure is no clearance sale!

Sometimes when you read about an upcoming “Discovery Auction”, that can be auction-speak for “Clearance Sale”. But that is not the case with Shannon's Fine Art Auctioneers' upcoming two-session Online Discovery Auction slated for Thursday, June 16th (www.shannons.com). Session I, starting at 12 noon EST, will feature an etching by Pablo Picasso, a Polynesian oil-on-canvas by Guy Pene Du Bois, and works by Simeon Braguin, Joseph Henry Sharp, Edward Chalmers Leavitt, Louis Van Der Pol, James Jacques Joseph Tissot and Romare Bearden.

Session II (with a 3 pm EST start time) will feature over 100 lots of contemporary art from the Masco Corporation, based in Taylor, Michigan. The firm's President and COO, Richard Manoogian, is known in art circles as a serious collector, especially of American art. Under his guidance, Masco is home to a world-renowned art collection, and now some contemporary paintings and sculptures from that collection will be sold. Examples include paintings by Cleve Gray and James Havard, and fine prints by Op-Art artists Nicholas Krushenick and Allan D'Arcangelo.


Mississippi auctioneer plans to sell his 1856 mansion home

A magnificent 7,000-square-foot Greek Revival antebellum home in Aberdeen, Mississippi known as the Adams-French Mansion is going up for sale. The owner and seller is Dwight Stevens, the longtime auctioneer and owner of Stevens Auction Company in Aberdeen, a historically significant town situated halfway between Columbus and Tupelo, on U.S. Highway 45. “I’ve been residing in this wonderful old 1856 home for a long time, and have cared for it and restored it to its full antebellum glory,” Mr. Stevens said. “But it’s time for me to downsize and simplify a bit.”

The new owner will be buying a five-bedroom, five-bath home with a large entry hall, a spiral staircase, a grand parlor, formal dining room, guest bedroom, modern kitchen and laundry room. The basement is equipped with a full workout gym and the third floor has a home theater and party space, along with a bathroom and stairway leading to a widow’s walk roof. The 3.3-acre grounds include a 1905 church that’s used as a wedding chapel. Stevens used the mansion as a showcase for his bigger estate auctions, held three times a year. Visit www.AdamsFrenchMansion.com.


Ali's cane from the legendary 'Rumble in the Jungle' for sale

The carved African cane used by the late, great boxer Muhammad Ali in Zaire (now called the Democratic Republic of the Congo) in October 1974, while in the country preparing for his famed “Rumble in the Jungle” fight with the fearsome George Foreman, is for sale. Asking price: $100,000. The cane was given by Ali to an employee who had remained in the United States during the trip to Zaire. It is being offered by M. S. Rau Antiques in New Orleans (www.rauantiques.com). Also for sale are the contracts for the fight and Ali's “Rope-a-Dope” jump rope collection.

Nine days before the match, Zaire's President Mobutu SeSeSeko summoned both fighters, to meet them in person. Ali spotted the president holding his cane and asked about its symbolism and meaning. SeSeSeko replied, “This is known as the cane of the chief. It shows the carving of a woman, which represents reproduction and the growth of a nation. The serpents represent war. The two doves are tokens of peace. It is my task to see that the nation grows and the serpents never devour the doves. Only the president can carry this cane.” Three days later he gave it to Ali.