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Three Lots of Gene Kelly Memorabilia Up for Auction at Sotheby’s

by WorthPoint Staff (06/08/12).

Three lots of memorabilia once owned by Gene Kelly, the dance and film star who directed and stared in 1952’s “Singin’ In The Rain,” will go up for auction at Sotheby’s on June 15.

NEW YORK – A remarkable collection of memorabilia that was once owned by the actor and singer Gene Kelly will be offered in Sotheby’s Fine Books and Manuscripts sale on June 15. The group of three lots all previously belonged to the star who is widely acknowledged as one of the most recognizable Hollywood figures of his day.

All the pieces were given by the actor to his daughter Kerry Kelly Novick and go on view at Sotheby’s on Saturday June 9.

Gene Kelly is perhaps best known for “Singin’ In The Rain,” the 1952 musical which he both directed and stared in as Don Lockwood. Cyd Charisse, with whom Kelly partnered in the film’s “Broadway Melody” ballet sequence, gave Kelly a gold and enamel money clip. The money clip is both a personal memento and an emblematic relic of the film which has been voted the greatest American musical of all time by the American Film Institute. It is expected to hammer for between $7,000 and $10,000.

A gold and enamel money clip give to Kelly by Cyd Charisse.

Cufflinks made of gold, coral, colored stone and diamond depicting dancers.

A gold notebook given to Kelly by Frank Sinatra.

Three years before “Singin’ In The Rain,” Kelly worked with Frank Sinatra in “On the Town”—a movie in which they both played sailors which went on to win an Academy Award for Best Music, Scoring of a Motion Picture. After the completion of the film, Sinatra gave Kelly a gold notepad inscribed “Thank you Gene, For your wonderful, common sense and help, I wouldn’t have made it, without you, Frankie” with a facsimile of Gene Kelly’s signature on the inside (est. $5,000-$7,000, right).

Several pairs of gold and jeweled cuff links and other accessories are also included in the sale (est. $4,000-$6,000). All were worn by Kelly, with many having been given to him by his film co-workers, including John Springer, the Hollywood publicist and film historian, who gave Kelly a pair of gold, coral, colored stone and diamond cufflinks depicting dancers.

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