Liza Minnelli’s signature Cabaret costume of bowler hat, boots and halter top vest sold for $81,250 and smashed their estimate of just $6000.
The auction on August 1st, Love Liza, was held by Profiles in History in Los Angeles and sold much of the actress’s personal archive as well as items belonging to her mother Judy Garland. And it wasn’t just Cabaret costumes. The collection also included a large number of dresses by the renowned designer Roy “Halston” Frowick.
“Halston. No one matters more to her than Halston,” said Michael Feinstein, founder of The Great American Songbook Foundation that will benefit from proceeds of the auction.
“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.”
Memorabilia from Cabaret, which brought Minnelli an Oscar for her performance as Berlin nightclub singer Sally Bowles received the most competition.
Minnelli, 72, said she wanted to downsize her life and sell off the collection she had amassed over decades and kept in more than six locations.
“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,” she is quoted as saying in the auction catalogue,” she said.
“Throughout my long career I have collected wonderful possessions and memorabilia and now I’ve reached a point in my life where I want to simplify and share with my fans who have always been there for me.”
“Usually when you see these famous people auctions, it’s household furnishings. This is pretty substantial. Liza Minnelli is a cultural icon, and this is the most important Judy Garland material that has ever been sold,” Profiles in History Chief Executive Joe Maddalena told Reuters.
“Between Vincente Minnelli, Judy Garland and Liza, they kept everything. There are probably 500 Halston custom-made stage costumes,” he said.
You can view the full catalogue of items here.