Love, Liza: The Auction

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Love, Liza: The Auction
We all have things that have accumulated through the years either by design or default, and with time they seem to take on a life of their own. We can become potential prisoners to those shelves and storage repositories that we maintain to preserve our past, or can be liberated by them. With a life and career as expansive and multi-layered as Liza’s, she has accumulated many things. There is her stuff, her mother’s stuff, her father’s, things from her tours and shows, memorabilia from fans, furniture, you name it. As for many, it is easier to put something in storage rather than take the time to deal with it. Who has time, anyway?

For 20 years, Liza has talked about her storage, and we have gone to look at some of it through the years, collected on both coasts in over a half dozen locations. I was put in charge of going through the film and video vaults, looking through road cases and show props as well as looking over a lot of her dad’s stuff that was stored in Beverly Hills. On it went. Every time amazing things would turn up. Liza would retrieve certain items that were meaningful and make sure the rest was safe. But it became overwhelming, with so many storage areas, and the realization that it could take a lifetime to get to it all.

In the last few years, she relocated to Los Angeles and made a conscious choice to simplify and relax for the first time in her life. Her home is furnished beautifully with her Warhols, Halston furnishings, paintings by her father and others, selective memorabilia and awards, and is done in clean, spare and elegant style. “Keep it simple” is her mantra. She sometimes calls me and says, “I woke up this morning and thought, what do I have to do today? Nothing. Then I relax and do whatever I want.” Then she sighs. After a lifetime of non-stop work, she is, from my view, happier than I have ever seen her.
 
Typical of Liza, instead of being paralyzed by all those storage spaces, and being in a mindset of change and making room for new things, she said, “Honey, it’s time for spring cleaning, and I mean purge with a capitol P.” It did not come without much thought and soul searching. The conclusion was that she could sit on these things and they would never see the light of day again, or could send them out in the world and share them now and see them live again with others who would appreciate having them. Another important factor for her is that much of the proceeds will eventually go to The Great American Songbook Foundation, an organization I started seven years ago with her help, and thus the letting go of objects also serves a cause that is important to her.
 
Mind you, she has saved many things that are intimate and important to her and her family, and those will be kept private. There were also so many photos and multiple images that only the most resonant were retained, with the rest to go out in the world. What are some of the things has she kept? The Christening Bible from her Godmother Kay Thompson, the stereo color slides taken of her by her father in costumes he reproduced from his films, her mother’s music library, clothing and other trappings that have personal importance. And of course, her father’s Oscar, an oversized Avedon photo of her mother, certain movie posters like The Clock which was the film her parents made together and caused them to fall in love. 

Liza is modest and deeply sensitive. She knows her place in show business history, mainly by looking at the continuum of it, but lives for the moment. It is through the eyes of others that she might most appreciate herself, though if I find and watch something of hers that I adore, she can look at it clear-eyed and without false modesty and say, “that was good.” She is proud of her craft and the work she put into perfecting her art. 

Halston. No one matters more to her than Halston. Sharing his work is her way of reminding people of his importance to her life and the world of fashion, style and deep friendship. The vibrations in the clothes and drawings she is sharing are damned powerful! She says that with Fred Ebb and Kay Thompson, Halston created her. 

I called her and Liza just said the following that I transcribed:

“My life is a gift of flowing friendships and relationships all collected in these objects. It is with many emotions I share them, knowing that they will create new bridges for others as they have for me. I woke up one day and thought, ‘Honey, you ain’t gonna wait till you’ve bought the farm and leave your life on someone else’s doorstep.’ So, it was time to go there, and I have, and it feels good.” 

Michael Feinstein
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Liza Minnelli (2) childhood oversize photographs.551 - Liza Minnelli (2) childhood oversize photographs.
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551. Liza Minnelli (2) childhood oversize photographs. (ca. 1948) Collection of (2) vintage original gelatin silver double-weight matte oversiz
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Liza Minnelli (2) childhood oversize portrait photographs.552 - Liza Minnelli (2) childhood oversize portrait photographs.
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552. Liza Minnelli (2) childhood oversize portrait photographs. (ca. 1948) Vintage original collection of (2) gelatin silver double-weight matt
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Liza Minnelli as a toddler (3) oversize custom photographs.553 - Liza Minnelli as a toddler (3) oversize custom photographs.
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553. Liza Minnelli as a toddler (3) oversize custom photographs. (ca. 1948) Vintage original collection of (3) gelatin silver double-weight ove
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Liza Minnelli (3) childhood oversize photographs.554 - Liza Minnelli (3) childhood oversize photographs.
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554. Liza Minnelli (3) childhood oversize photographs. (ca. 1948) Vintage original collection of (3) gelatin silver double-weight matte oversiz
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Liza Minnelli (4) childhood oversize photographs.555 - Liza Minnelli (4) childhood oversize photographs.
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555. Liza Minnelli (4) childhood oversize photographs. (ca. 1948) Vintage original collection of (4) gelatin silver double-weight matte oversiz
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Liza Minnelli (5) oversize childhood photographs.556 - Liza Minnelli (5) oversize childhood photographs.
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556. Liza Minnelli (5) oversize childhood photographs. (ca. 1948) Vintage original collection of (5) gelatin silver double-weight matte oversiz
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557. Liza Minnelli (4) childhood oversize photographs. (ca. 1948) Vintage original collection of (4) gelatin silver double-weight matte oversiz
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Liza Minnelli (2) oversize childhood photographs.558 - Liza Minnelli (2) oversize childhood photographs.
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558. Liza Minnelli (2) oversize childhood photographs. (ca. 1950) Vintage original (2) gelatin silver double-weight photographs of Liza in a sw
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Liza Minnelli (4) oversize childhood photographs.559 - Liza Minnelli (4) oversize childhood photographs.
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559. Liza Minnelli (4) oversize childhood photographs. (ca. 1948) Vintage original (4) gelatin silver double-weight matte 10.5 x 10.75 in. phot
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Liza Minnelli (40+) reprint childhood photographs.560 - Liza Minnelli (40+) reprint childhood photographs.
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560. Liza Minnelli (40+) reprint childhood photographs. (ca. 1940s-1960s) Vintage original (40+) photographs of childhood photos featuring Liza
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Liza Minnelli framed oversize childhood portrait.561 - Liza Minnelli framed oversize childhood portrait.
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561. Liza Minnelli framed oversize childhood portrait. (1950) Vintage original gelatin silver double-weight matte photograph of Liza with 10 x
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Liza Minnelli (2) framed oversize childhood portraits.562 - Liza Minnelli (2) framed oversize childhood portraits.
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562. Liza Minnelli (2) framed oversize childhood portraits. (1950) Collection of (2) vintage original gelatin silver double-weight matte photog
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Liza Minnelli (20+) childhood photos with Judy Garland, Vincente Minnelli, George Hamilton & more.563 - Liza Minnelli (20+) childhood photos with Judy Garland, Vincente Minnelli, George Hamilton & more.
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563. Liza Minnelli (20+) childhood photographs with Judy Garland, Vincente Minnelli, George Hamilton, and more. (ca. 1940s-1950s) Vintage origi
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Liza Minnelli (16) childhood photographs of the future star at home.564 - Liza Minnelli (16) childhood photographs of the future star at home.
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564. Liza Minnelli (16) childhood photographs of the future star at home. Vintage original collection of (16) gelatin silver single-weight phot
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Liza Minnelli (5) oversize childhood dress-up photographs.565 - Liza Minnelli (5) oversize childhood dress-up photographs.
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565. Liza Minnelli (5) oversize childhood dress-up photographs. (ca. 1948) Vintage original collection of (5) gelatin silver double-weight matt
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Liza Minnelli (7) childhood oversize photographs.566 - Liza Minnelli (7) childhood oversize photographs.
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566. Liza Minnelli (7) childhood oversize photographs. (ca. 1948) Vintage original collection of (7) gelatin silver double-weight matte oversiz
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Liza Minnelli (20) childhood photographs including a birthday party at the home of Bogart & Bacall.567 - Liza Minnelli (20) childhood photographs including a birthday party at the home of Bogart & Bacall.
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567. Liza Minnelli (20) childhood photographs including a birthday party at the home of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. (ca. 1952) Vintage o
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Liza Minnelli (14) childhood ballet photographs.568 - Liza Minnelli (14) childhood ballet photographs.
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568. Liza Minnelli (14) childhood ballet photographs. (early 1950s) Vintage original (14) gelatin silver single and double-weight, glossy and m
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Liza Minnelli negative at the piano.569 - Liza Minnelli negative at the piano.
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569. Liza Minnelli negative at the piano. (ca. 1947) Vintage 8 x 10 in. acetate negative featuring a portrait of a young Liza playing the piano
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Liza Minnelli oversize childhood photograph.570 - Liza Minnelli oversize childhood photograph.
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570. Liza Minnelli oversize childhood photograph. (ca. 1950) Vintage original gelatin silver double-weight 10.75 x 10.75 in. photograph of Liza
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Liza Minnelli (15) snapshots from her childhood.571 - Liza Minnelli (15) snapshots from her childhood.
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571. Liza Minnelli (15) snapshots from her childhood. (ca. 1940s-1950s) Vintage original collection of (15) gelatin silver single- and double-w
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Liza Minnelli (2) childhood Santa Fe Railway publicity photographs.572 - Liza Minnelli (2) childhood Santa Fe Railway publicity photographs.
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572. Liza Minnelli (2) childhood Santa Fe Railway publicity photographs. (ca. 1950) Vintage original (2) gelatin silver single-weight glossy 8
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Liza Minnelli (3) custom childhood cowgirl portrait photographs by Harold Davis.573 - Liza Minnelli (3) custom childhood cowgirl portrait photographs by Harold Davis.
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573. Liza Minnelli (3) custom childhood cowgirl portrait photographs by Harold Davis. (ca. 1950) Vintage original collection of (3) gelatin sil
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Liza Minnelli (2) childhood dress-up photographs.574 - Liza Minnelli (2) childhood dress-up photographs.
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574. Liza Minnelli (2) childhood dress-up photographs. (ca. 1950) Vintage original (2) gelatin silver double-weight 10.75 x 10.75 in. duplicate
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Liza Minnelli (6) childhood tea party oversize photographs.575 - Liza Minnelli (6) childhood tea party oversize photographs.
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575. Liza Minnelli (6) childhood tea party oversize photographs. (ca. 1948) Vintage original collection of (6) gelatin silver double-weight mat
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Liza Minnelli (7) childhood photographs.576 - Liza Minnelli (7) childhood photographs.
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576. Liza Minnelli (7) childhood photographs. (ca. 1950) Vintage original (7) gelatin silver double-weight lifestyle photographs of Liza. Some
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Liza Minnelli 4th birthday party (3) photographs.577 - Liza Minnelli 4th birthday party (3) photographs.
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577. Liza Minnelli 4th birthday party (3) photographs. (1950) Vintage original (2) gelatin silver double-weight matte and (1) single-weight glo
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Liza Minnelli (3) childhood photographs with Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney.578 - Liza Minnelli (3) childhood photographs with Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney.
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578. Liza Minnelli (3) childhood photographs with Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney. (ca. 1950) Vintage original (3) gelatin silver double-weight
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Liza Minnelli (10) childhood photos on set with actors including Lucille Ball, Fred Astaire & more.579 - Liza Minnelli (10) childhood photos on set with actors including Lucille Ball, Fred Astaire & more.
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579. Liza Minnelli (10) childhood photographs on set with actors including Lucille Ball, Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly and more. (ca. 1940s-1950s) V
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Liza Minnelli (20+) photographs from childhood birthday parties.580 - Liza Minnelli (20+) photographs from childhood birthday parties.
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580. Liza Minnelli (20+) photographs from childhood birthday parties. (ca. 1940s-1950s) Vintage original collection of (20+) gelatin silver sin
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Liza Minnelli (4) oversize childhood photographs.581 - Liza Minnelli (4) oversize childhood photographs.
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581. Liza Minnelli (4) oversize childhood photographs. (ca. 1949) Vintage original (4) gelatin silver double-weight lifestyle photographs of Li
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Liza Minnelli (3) early color process baby photographs, including (2) with Judy Garland.582 - Liza Minnelli (3) early color process baby photographs, including (2) with Judy Garland.
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582. Liza Minnelli (3) early color process baby photographs, including (2) with Judy Garland. (ca. 1947) Collection of (3) early color photogra
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Liza Minnelli oversize childhood photograph on set with Van Johnson.583 - Liza Minnelli oversize childhood photograph on set with Van Johnson.
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583. Liza Minnelli oversize childhood photograph on set with Van Johnson. (ca. 1949) Vintage original gelatin silver double-weight matte 10 x 1
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Liza Minnelli (6) childhood photographs with 1950 portrait painting.584 - Liza Minnelli (6) childhood photographs with 1950 portrait painting.
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584. Liza Minnelli (6) childhood photographs with 1950 portrait painting. (1950) Vintage original (6) gelatin silver double-weight 8 x 10 in. p
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Liza Minnelli signed childhood photograph.585 - Liza Minnelli signed childhood photograph.
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585. Liza Minnelli signed childhood photograph. (ca. 1950/signed later) Vintage original 8 x 10 in. gelatin silver double-weight matte photogra
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Liza Minnelli (2) childhood passport photographs, (2) certified 1952 copies of her birth certificate586 - Liza Minnelli (2) childhood passport photographs, (2) certified 1952 copies of her birth certificate
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586. Liza Minnelli (2) childhood passport photographs and (2) certified 1952 copies of her birth certificate. (ca. 1951) Vintage original (2) g
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Liza Minnelli childhood portrait painting by Eileen Chandler commissioned by Judy Garland & Vincente587 - Liza Minnelli childhood portrait painting by Eileen Chandler commissioned by Judy Garland & Vincente
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587. Liza Minnelli childhood portrait painting by Eileen Chandler commissioned by Judy Garland and Vincente Minnelli. (1949) Accomplished in wa
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Estimates : 600.00 - 800.00
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Liza Minnelli antique cast iron day bed.588 - Liza Minnelli antique cast iron day bed.
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588. Liza Minnelli antique cast iron day bed. (ca. Late 19th Century) Vintage original antique cast iron day bed with ornate garlanded legs, si
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Sold to m********d for (375.00 + 105.00) x 1 = 480.00
 
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