An auction of 200 items that once filled the home of jazz singer and actress Lena Horne has sold for 316,000 dollars, more than double the highest pre-sale estimate.
The late star’s belongings from her Manhattan apartment were auctioned at Doyle New York and included a sequinned cardigan evening coat that sold for 1,125, dollars while a small Louis Vuitton trunk with stickers inscribed Lena Horne Hayton went for 20,000 dollars – far above its pre-sales estimate.
Horne’s favourite designer was Giorgio di Sant’ Angelo, and a reversible mink coat by the Italian creator was estimated at 300 to 500 dollars but sold for 8,125 dollars. A Chanel five-strand choker of gold-tone metal links and faux baroque pearls went for 2,000 dollars.
The auction house said the estimates were based on current market values, but the celebrity provenance was the “X factor” that would determine the price at auction.
Horne, who was also a dancer and civil rights activist, died last May at the age of 92. She appeared on screen, stage, on records and in nightclubs and concert halls. Her signature song was Stormy Weather, but her vocal range extended from blues and jazz and to such Rodgers and Hart classics as The Lady Is A Tramp and Bewitched, Bothered And Bewildered.