You may be able to own a piece of Hollywood history later this year as items from Vivien Leigh's estate will be going up for auction at Sotheby's London. The actress is best known for playing Scarlett O'Hara in the classic film Gone With The Wind, which she was cast in after a two-year search to find the perfect leading lady, and subsequently won a Best Actress Academy Award for her role, one of two Oscar's she won during her lifetime.
Jewellery including a mid 19th-century diamond bow brooch, a gold ring given to Vivien Leigh by her husband Laurence Olivier and a 18th-century chrysoberyl devant de corsage go on display as Sotheby's
Accessories, clothes and film memorabilia will be among the items going up for sale including Leigh's personal copy of Gone With The Wind signed by the author, a gold ring from her second husband, director Laurence Olivier, a diamond bow pendant from the mid-19th century and a pink Victor Stiebel evening gown.
Leigh's Victor Stiebel gown
Harry Dalmeny, Sotheby's UK Chairman, commented on the lot; "Behind the guise of the most glamorous and talked-about woman of her age we find a fine art collector, patron, even a book worm, who was the intellectual equal of the literati, artists and aesthetes she counted among her coterie." A full exhibition will open on September 22 but before the sales begin, a selection of the items will be available to view at Soethby’s London from July 11 to August 11.