Lauren Bacall memorabilia, art sells for $5m in two-day sale

A February 2015 file photo shows an image of the late Hollywood actress Lauren Bacall at a media preview for the Bonhams sale of her possessions. Art and memorabilia that belonged to Bacall sold for US$3.6 million (S$4.9 million) during a two-da
A February 2015 file photo shows an image of the late Hollywood actress Lauren Bacall at a media preview for the Bonhams sale of her possessions. Art and memorabilia that belonged to Bacall sold for US$3.6 million (S$4.9 million) during a two-day sale, according to Bonhams auction house. -- PHOTO: AFP

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - Art and memorabilia that belonged to the late Hollywood film star Lauren Bacall sold for US$3.6 million (S$4.9 million) during a two-day sale, according to Bonhams auction house.

Proceeds from the marathon auction which ended late Wednesday and two bronze sculptures by British artist Henry Moore that were sold earlier at an Impressionist and Modern Art sale brought the total for the collection to US$5 million.

Bacall, the husky voiced actress who was married to and appeared with Humphrey Bogart in films such as The Big Sleep and Key Largo, died in August in New York at the age of 89.

More than 1,500 bidders from 34 countries took part in the auction which included jewellery and furniture from her New York apartment.

"Bacall's legacy will live on in the homes of her countless admirers," Jon King, director and vice-president of Bonham's who organised the sale.

A John James Audubon 1846 hand-coloured engraving fetched US$173,000, nearly three times its pre-sale estimate, and two paintings by Albert York, Landscape With Tree and A Country Fence, sold for US$161,000 - a record for the artist.

Other highlights included Humphrey Bogart's Hartmann 'Turn Table' steamer trunk that fetched US$47,500 and a granite and wrought iron games table that brought in US$26,250.

Bacall appeared in more than 30 films and also starred on Broadway.

She won Tonys for the musicals Applause in 1970 and for Woman Of The Year in 1981.

She was also awarded an honorary Oscar in 2009.