All Aboard the Bob Mackie Costume Auction

Garments worn Cher, Diana Ross and Raquel Welch will go under the hammer at the world–record breaking auction house Julien’s Auctions on Saturday, November 17, 2018.

The catalogue will be exhibited aboard the Cunard flagship Queen Mary 2 in a voyage departing from London on August 19 and arriving in New York on August 26. The guest of honour will be Mackie himself delivering a question and answer session as part of the exhibiton program.

“We are delighted to partner again with Julien’s Auctions, and to welcome legendary costume and fashion designer Bob Mackie aboard our flagship Queen Mary 2 for this very special program experience,” said Josh Leibowitz, Senior Vice President for Cunard North America.

“For more than 10 years, we have enjoyed a fruitful and enriching partnership with Julien’s Auctions, bringing our guests ‘only on Cunard’ exclusive advance auction opportunities from such celebrity estates as Bob Hope, Greta Garbo and Marilyn Monroe. This Crossing will be another very special experience for our guests.”

“Bob Mackie’s five-decade-long career designing some of the most iconic fashions and looks of all time worn by some of the most glamorous stars in all of Hollywood history has been nothing short of extraordinary,” said Martin Nolan, Executive Director of Julien’s Auctions.

“We are very honored to present this once in a lifetime opportunity for passengers on board Cunard’s venerable Queen Mary 2 to experience the style and art of Bob Mackie as well as meet the legend himself behind this spectacular collection.”

Some of the fashion gems on sale include:

  • Carol Burnett’s colorful costumes worn on her TV show The Carol Burnett Show including a pair of costumes worn by Carol Burnett and Joel Grey in a “Commedia Dell’Arte” skit with Grey and Burnett as Punch and Judy dolls (estimate: $2000–$4000), a coral jersey gown and embellished bolero worn on the show by Burnett (estimate: $1,000–$2,000) and a colorful custom made matte jersey gown worn by Burnett to the People’s Choice Awards in 1977 (estimate: $2000–$4000)
  • Several of Cher’s most iconic ensembles worn in the 1970s including her 1974 Academy Awards custom made hand painted silk ensemble comprising of a cape, a bandeau top with scarf and a low waisted layered skirt (estimate: $4,000–$6,000); her spaghetti strapped jersey gown worn on The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour (estimate: $3,000–$5,000); her marigold jersey jumpsuit worn while performing “Everyday People” with Sonny on The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour and Cher (estimate: $3,000–$5,000); a large Mother Goose costume worn by Cher in a skit with Better Midler on The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour and more
  • A petal pink satin gown worn by Julia Louis–Dreyfus to the 1998 Emmy Awards (estimate: $3,000–$5,000)
  • Raquel Welch’s figure hugging nude jersey gown embellished with topaz and white faceted glass and rows of gold bugle beads worn on the TV show Cher (estimate: $3,000–$5,000)
  • A black custom made gown worn by Lauren Bacall in 1970 in the Broadway show Applause and to the 24th Annual Tony Awards where she won for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical for that role (estimate: $3,000–$5,000)
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