Tony Curtis acted in over 100 films, but he’ll always be best known for his hot streak in the late 1950’s and early 60’s, when he established his chops in both drama (“Sweet Smell of Success” and “The Defiant Ones”) and comedy (the classic “Some Like It Hot”). Along the way Curtis, who died last September, was also a serious painter. On September 17 Beverly Hills-based Julien’s will sell his art collection and memorabilia, including the iconic yachtman’s jacket he wore in his kissing scene with Marilyn Monroe in “Some Like It Hot.” It’s estimated at $10,000-$15,000.
The extensive collection includes works by Curtis himself, as well as ceramics and prints by Braque, Chagall and a collection of 20th Century American, British, and European paintings. Andy Warhol’s “Some Like It Hot Shoe,” which the artist gave to Curtis, is likely to be of great interest (est. $20,000-$30,000). Other lots include a Rudall & Carte flute given to Curtis by Frank Sinatra (est. $3,000-$4,000), as well as an assortment of furniture, collectibles and items highlighting Curtis’ career.