Hollywood icon Vivien Leigh secured her legendary status in the pantheon of all-time greats when she secured the most coveted role in cinema history as Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind. The legendary actress went on to win acclaim in a series of roles on both stage and screen and remains one of the UK’s most celebrated actresses.
This September, the spotlight will fall on Vivien’s private side when Sotheby’s brings to auction ‘The Vivien Leigh Collection’. Passed down through Vivien’s family, the collection is full of the stunning and the historical.
Here is the auction preview:
John Piper, Notley Abbey. Estimate $13,000
Felix Kelly, Durham Cottage, 1954.
A gold ring inscribed ‘Laurence Olivier Vivien Eternally’. Estimate $650
Augustus John, A portrait of Vivien, 1942.
Vivien’s wig for the film ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’, inscribed with her name. Estimate $700
Vivien Leigh’s personal copy of Gone with the Wind, given to her by the author Margaret Mitchell.
Gone with the Wind, film script, presented to Vivien Leigh by members of the cast, with photographs, circa 1939.
A silver cigarette box, engraved with ‘Vivien and Larry Love Myron [Myron Selznick]’. Estimate $700
A pink full length evening dress by the designer Victor Stiebel from circa 1961. Estimate $350