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The Doris Day Appreciation Thread

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"Poppy Girl" Doris Day in 1950

“I did so many USO tours with Bob Hope and Les Brown, I was proud to represent our veterans through the Buddy Poppy program.”


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"Property From The Estate Of Doris Day", our exclusive two-day auction event celebrating the life and career of the legendary American actress, singer and animal rights pioneer, Doris Day, will take place a day after what would have been her 98th birthday Saturday, April 4 and Sunday, April 5, 2020 at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills and live online at juliensauctions.com.

All of the proceeds of the auction will benefit The Doris Day Animal Foundation, the Hollywood icon’s charity founded in 1978 that funds nonprofit causes that need assistance in their work, caring for and protecting animals. For more information, visit www.ddaf.org.

On offer is an exclusive collection of her most iconic costumes and memorabilia from her films and television shows and specials, furnishings and household items from her beloved home in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California as well as her most personal items, never before seen at auction that offer a glimpse into the fascinating public and private life of Day.

Over 800 lots will be offered including her Golden Globe awards, a classic 1930 Ford convertible seen in the opening credits of her Best Friends television show, a red lacquer Young Chang upright piano gifted by her son, Terry Melcher, a brass embossed elephant jardinière gifted by Rock Hudson, and even more treasures.

Also at auction will be costumes and event worn ensembles including, a brown leather jacket worn on numerous episodes of The Doris Day Show in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Day’s formal white ensemble worn when she received the Cecil B. DeMille Honorary Golden Globe Award in 1989, a classic red wool coat worn by the star in the early 1960s, and an event worn white sweater dress.

Other lots include paintings by artist and singer Tony Bennett, Pierre Bonnard, Edward Szymyd, Cherry Jaffe Huldah, James Abbott McNeill Whistler, and more.

Another addition to this sale is a collection of her fine tableware of silver, crystal and porcelain and animal themed decorative items, a yellow tole vase gifted by Paul McCartney, a collection of her mid-century Louis XV style and vintage wicker furniture, a leather bound issue of Architectural Digest with personalized cover featuring a pictorial spread inside Day’s Beverly Hills home from the 1950s containing photographs of her furniture that are featured in this auction, a cast aluminum Arthur Court bulldog ice bucket, and more.


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Received this last night.


In tribute to our beloved Doris, the Doris Day Animal Foundation, in partnership with Julien's Auctions, is excited to announce a very special celebration of Doris’ extraordinary life, legendary career and animal welfare advocacy. The week-long festivities will take place Monday March 30 through Sunday April 5, 2020, In Beverly Hills -- where Doris lived for most of her life, made legendary films and recordings, rescued animals, and began a movement that would lead to improved treatment of animals around the world.

Doris wanted her personal effects be auctioned to benefit DDAF. In keeping with her wishes, internationally recognized Julien’s Auctions will conduct a week-long exhibit of Doris’ personal belongings at its gallery in Beverly Hills. Special events include a VIP Reception and tribute to Doris on her’ April 3 birthday. This event is open to you all and we expect many of her co-stars and other celebrities to join us. The week's celebration will culminate in a live estate auction on Saturday April 4 and Sunday April 5. For additional auction information please visit Julien's website, email info@juliensauctions.com, or call 310-836-1818.

But that’s not all! As a special thank you to Doris’ wonderful fans and friends for their unwavering love and support, DDAF will host movie screenings with celebrity Q&As, a performance of fan-favorite Scott Dreier’s “Doris and Me,” and the opportunity to see Doris’ L.A. -- the homes where she lived, the studios and locations where she worked, the restaurants she frequented, the streets where she rode her bicycle and more. We have all had wonderful Doris birthday weekends in Carmel, and we do plan to return there in the future. But we hope you will join us for this truly extraordinary, once-in-a-lifetime celebration of Doris’ life in L.A. next April.

Reflecting Doris' spirit of graciousness, Julien’s Auction will pick up the tab for all of the week's activities, so the public will be invited to join us for free. You need only pay for your travel, lodging and meals. In the coming weeks, we will provide you with further event details, area hotel information and other activity discounts, so stay tuned. In the meantime, please save the March 30 - April 5 dates!

Thank you again for your love and support of Doris' legacy and DDAF. Please help us fulfill Doris’ wish and join us in L.A. for this one-time only, extraordinary celebration.

We can't wait to see you all!

The DDAF Team

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Cunard and Julien's Auctions Offer Exclusive Exhibition Preview Of Doris Day Auction Items on Queen Victoria Transatlantic Crossing

Cunard Logo (PRNewsfoto/Cunard Line)



Nov 07, 2019, 10:07 ET



Guests aboard the March voyage from Fort Lauderdale will have exclusive opportunity to bid on items from the Hollywood legend's collection ahead of April auction

VALENCIA, Calif., Nov. 7, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Luxury cruise line Cunard and famed celebrity auction house Julien's Auctions have announced a special auction exhibition of Property from the Estate of Doris Day onboard Queen Victoria's Transatlantic Crossing, from Fort Lauderdale to Southampton, March 17-28, 2020. Guests on the voyage will have the exclusive opportunity to bid on items from Doris Day's collection of iconic costumes and household items as well as film and television memorabilia.


Julien's Auctions has announced that the Property from the Estate of Doris Day auction will take place on April 4-5, 2020, a day after what would have been her 98th birthday. The two-day event will feature over 800 pieces from her private collection and will take place at Julien's Auctions in Los Angeles and online at juliensauctions.com. The proceeds from the auction will benefit the Doris Day Animal Foundation, the charity founded in 1978 by Day that funds non-profits who care for and assist with the protection of animals.

Guests on Queen Victoria's 11-night Transatlantic Crossing, March 17-28, 2020, will enjoy:

  • A daily, rotating exhibit of the Property from the Estate of Doris Day Collection
  • Exclusive opportunity to bid on choice items in advance of the general auction in April 2020
  • Q&A with Darren Julien, President and CEO of Julien's Auctions, and Martin Nolan, Executive Director of Julien's Auctions

"The beloved Doris Day sailed with Cunard on our celebrated ship, The Queen Mary, and we are thrilled to carry on her legacy today," said Josh Leibowitz, SVP Cunard North America. "Our guests will have an opportunity to learn about Doris' special collection and even bid for favorite items in advance while at sea on this unique voyage."

Highlights of the auction include Day's Golden Globe awards (estimate: $4,000 - $6,000), Day's classic 1930 Ford convertible (estimate: $10,000 - $20,000) and a red lacquer Young Chang upright piano gifted by her son, Terry Melcher (estimate: $2,000 - $4,000). Additional auction items include furnishings and household items from Day's residence in California as well as other pieces from her life and career.

"Doris Day was a Hollywood giant as one of the screen's legendary leading actresses, top box office stars and one of the greatest singers of the 20th century," said Martin Nolan, Executive Director of Julien's Auctions. "On this special occasion of what would be Doris's 98th birthday celebration, we are honored to partner with Cunard, a line that Doris herself traveled with, to offer this exhibition of her items to passengers onboard."700 ports around the world and totaling 226,000 lower berths.

Julien's Auctions
257 N. Canon Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Monday, March 30  April 5, 2020
11:00 a.m.  6:00 p.m. PT
Free to the public

Saturday, April 4, 2020
Session I: 10:00 a.m. PT
Session II: 1:00 p.m. PT

There are four ways to bid in this sale:

  1. Bid through Julien's Auctions Online Live in Real Time at JuliensLive.com.
  2. Bid over the telephone through an auction house representative.
  3. Submit a bid in person at the Julien's Los Angeles Gallery
  4. Enter Absentee bids. Absentee bid forms are included in the back of each catalogue and are also available by calling Julien's Auctions or online at www.juliensauctions.com.

About Julien's Auctions
Julien's Auctions is the world-record breaking auction house. Collaborating with the famous and the exclusive, Julien's Auctions produces high profile auctions in the film, music, sports and art markets. Julien's Auctions has received international recognition for its unique and innovative auction events, which attract thousands of collectors, investors, fans and enthusiasts from around the world. Julien's Auctions specializes in sales of iconic artifacts and notable collections including Marilyn Monroe, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Lady Gaga, Banksy, Cher, Michael Jackson, U2, Barbra Streisand, Les Paul, Neil Young, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Jimi Hendrix, Hugh Hefner and many more. In 2016, Julien's Auctions received its second placement in the Guinness Book of World Records for the sale of the world's most expensive dress ever sold at auction, The Marilyn Monroe "Happy Birthday Mr. President" dress which sold for $4.8 million. Julien's Auctions achieved placement in the Guinness Book of World Records in 2009 for the sale of Michael Jackson's white glove, which sold for $480,000 making it the most expensive glove ever sold at auction. Based in Los Angeles, Julien's Auctions has a global presence bringing their auctions and exhibitions to targeted destinations worldwide including London, New York, Las Vegas, Japan and China. Live auctions are presented for bidders on-site and online via live streaming video and mobile technology.RCE Cunard

For more information on Julien's Auctions, go to www.juliensauctions.com. Connect with Julien's Auctions at www.facebook.com/JuliensAuction or www.twitter.com/JuliensAuctions or www.instagram.com/juliens_auctions.






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All you need is money! LOL. Maybe I could afford a fridge magnet, but the minimum bid even for something like that is probably more than I can afford. I'd read about that too (the liner trip) when I went to the auction website. Catalogs go for for a hundred bucks, everyone!

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over 800 items to bid....

In a modest reflection Doris Day said shortly before she died: "I enjoyed working and always tried to do the best job I could with every role. I get so many love letters from fans as young as eight years old, telling me they were introduced to my films and music by their great-grandmothers, and my movies make them happy. Different films resonate with viewers for different reasons but the common thread seems to be that my films are uplifting."

“We should not underestimate the quality of her voice,” the film historian David Thomson once wrote. “Not only was she a fine singer, technically, but her singing voice had a natural dramatic force that carried her beyond her acting ability.”




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