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Joan Crawford Collectibles:

Personal Belongings


These items once owned or worn by Joan are divided into 3 categories below:



(Movie Costumes and Personal Attire)  (Note: To see other items from Joan's wardrobe, visit vintage clothing site.)



(Precious/Semi-Precious and Costume)



(Personally owned art, awards, personal checks, compacts, etc.)


See also the separate page for a complete list of prices received for  items sold at the Doyle New York auction on 12/7/11.



Movie Costumes

Above: Joan's dress from The Bride Wore Red.

Displayed at London's Victoria and Albert Museum "Hollywood Costume" exhibit, 10/20/12 - 1/27/13.

(Thanks to Norman for the photo.)




Above:  Mildred's waitress apron from Mildred Pierce.

Auctioned June 15, 2013, by Premiere Props of California, with a starting bid of $1000.



These two dresses are from the personal collection of a San Diego collector. The dress on the left was worn by Joan in Mildred Pierce (the opening night of Mildred's restaurant). The dress on the right is the wedding gown from 1935's I Live My Life. Thanks to Mr. T for contributing these photos to this site.

Click on either picture to see enlarged photos accompanied by shots of Joan wearing the dresses.



From the June 22, 2006, Christie's Auction

Lot 235: The Women, 1939/Joan Crawford A dazzling full-length skirt designed by Adrian for Joan Crawford as Crystal Allen in the 1939 M.G.M. film "The Women," accompanied by a silver v-shaped waistband encrusted with various shaped rhinestones.  (Thanks to Samantha Kaylor of Christie's for the photo and information.)

See this site's photos from "The Women" for shots of Joan wearing this skirt.



Above are two dresses recently auctioned off by Live Auction. At left, a costume from Harriet Craig; at right, the iconic Queen Bee dress.


Joan blouse worn in 'Best of Everything.' From Debbie Reynolds' collection, auctioned 12/6/03. Winning bid not disclosed, but brought between $1000 and $2000.    

 Above left is a Joan-costume from The Best of Everything, auctioned 12/6/03 from Debbie Reynolds' collection
and bringing in between $1,000 and $2,000. Above right is Joan's waitress dress from Mildred Pierce, which is housed at the University of Texas's Humanities Research Center.

Personal Attire


Joan's silver fox stole. Label inside: "Furs Alixandre  New York Paris." 6 ft 10 in long, 17 in wide. This is the stole worn by Joan during her 1959 photo shoot with Eve Arnold (photo at left). Offered for auction at Doyle New York on 12/7/11.
CLICK HERE to see 13 other furs owned by Joan and auctioned by Doyle.



Displayed at San Francisco's Metreon theater, April/May 2010, as part of "Hollywood Legends: The Barry Borsamian Collection."


A Joan-dress from the '60s. Auctioned on eBay in 2002.      A '60s-dress auctioned on eBay in 2002.      A '60s-dress auctioned on eBay in 2002.

 A cashmere and mink coat.      A Joan-dress from the '40s. Auctioned online in Feb. '05 starting at $300.     Bathing suit. Auctioned May '07 on eBay.

Joan's shoes, from hairdresser Sydney Guilaroff's collection. Ebay auction 4/04.          Shoes from Sydney Guilaroff's collection. Ebay auction 4/04.

Leach Kale shoes and handbag set.     Auctioned November 2006 on eBay.     

Kidskin gloves auctioned from Sydney Guilaroff's collection, 5/04.       A Schiaparelli turban.

 A handbag purchased by John Scott at the 1978 Christie's auction.      EBay auction 9/04, from Roslyn Herman Antiques.      Handbags of china silk with vinyl covering, from the Sotheby's auction. Auctioned on eBay in 11/04 starting at $900.



Click here to see 12 photos plus descriptions of Joan's jewelry from Hollywood Jewels. (Thanks, Vincent!)



Precious  and Semi-precious


Joan's Pepsi brooch. 2-1/8 in. 14k gold, ruby cap, with emeralds and diamonds. Offered at auction at Doyle New York on 12/7/11.



An aquamarine and diamonds set.     Click to see larger picture.

ABOVE: Aquamarine and diamond suite by Verger Freres. Bought by Joan circa 1935. Sold at auction to Andy Warhol in 1978, then sold at Sotheby's NY in 1988. Auction in 2009 at Hancocks of London. (Click for full description.)




ABOVE: c. 1935 platinum art deco necklace, with 172 diamonds, by Stephen Russell. Valued in 2009 at $195,000. Presented at the Golden Globes' red carpet show in '09 by Platinum Guild International.



Bracelet of 14k gold, platinum, star sapphires, star rubies, diamonds.

A collar encrusted with semi-precious stones, including topaz. From a Roslyn Herman auction.      A citrine collection.     Topaz and rhinestones.



Joan's faux gold ram-headed bracelet. From the William Wilt collection.       Joan's 'lucky watch,' given to Hollywood psychic John Cohan in the '50s. She told him it helped her survive two car accidents.


16-inch '60s rhinestone necklace from Sydney Guilaroff's '95 auction.        Costume necklace.       From the 1960 Helen Turpin collection.       Faux jade necklace, currently auctioned on the Roslyn Herman site for $225.


 Costume necklace.


  Costume brooch.           Rhinestone brooch, 2-1/2 inches wide. Joan left this lying around the set of '51's 'Goodbye My Fancy' and co-star Janice Rule snatched it! First auctioned in the '90s.           Costume brooch, 2-1/2 x 1-3/4 in. By Marboux, from a Mr. Jeffries' collection.

 A gold-coated pin being auction online in Feb. '05 starting at $225.      A brooch.      Costume brooch from makeup man Gordon Bau's auction


A slider watch. A slider watch.


   Crystal earrings being auctioned off online in Feb. '05 starting at $250.     Joan's lavendar and silver earrings. Being auctioned online 9/05.    Costume earrings.



Ballerina Girl.    Girl With Kitten.    Harlequin Girl.    Sad Eye.

Above:  Four Joan-owned paintings by Margaret Keane. Auctioned by Doyle New York on 12/7/11.  Click on any painting to see larger versions of all four.



Above:  Joan's Oscar for Mildred Pierce. Height: 13.25 in (including base of black Belgian marble). Weight: 6 lbs, 2 oz.

Sold at Christie's auction by daughter Cathy LaLonde in June 1993 for $68,500. Sold at Nate D. Sanders auction September 25, 2012, for $426,732.



 Above:  Scrapbook presented to Joan at the end of the filming of Mildred Pierce, including film stills and memorabilia. Offered at auction by Doyle New York on 12/7/11.


Sold by daughter Cathy LaLonde. 11-3/4 in tall. (Thanks to Bryan Johnson for the photo.)

Above:  Joan's 1969 Golden Globe. 11-3/4 in. tall.  Offered at auction by  Doyle New York on 12/7/11 and sold for $25,000.



Above: Joan's 1968 "Katie" award from the Dallas Press Club.  Below:  The Katie award today, an aesthetically gorgeous display from the personal collection of Ryun E. Johnston.

Joan Crawford's 1968 Katie award. From the collection of Ryun E. Johnston.


Below: Also from the personal collection of Ryun E. Johnston: A silver box received by Joan in 1939 on the set of Strange Cargo

as an award from fan magazine photographers for being "Most Cooperative." (For a closer look at the photo pictured below on Ryun's table, click here.)


Personal stationery, circa 1920s     Personal stationery (Crane's) with E. 70th St. address. Auctioned at Doyle New York 12/7/11.


   Joan's personal bookplate.       Part of Joan's Kuan-Yin porcelain collection.


   Dresser set.     Ivory elephant herd. 18-1/2 in. long. Auctioned at Doyle New York on 12/7/11.


Joan's gift to Burlingham, NC, radio program director in May 1967 when she was touring for Pepsi.          A compact, 5 x 3-1/2 inches, with raspberry lipstick and compartments for loose and solid powder. As of 5/04, this was on sale for $365 on the Roslyn Herman auction site.      A compact.



Above: Compact from NYC's "Rex." Auctioned on eBay 2013.



Above: A set of sterling silver "JC"-monogrammed goblets, auctioned by Joan in 1967 with Parke-Bernet upon her move to the Imperial House.

51 Troy ounces. 6-3/8 inches  tall and 3-3/8 inches wide. Offered on eBay in 2013 for $6,000.





Above left: Specially labeled salt-and-pepper shakers for Joan from Lawry's restaurant in Beverly Hills, 1950s.

(From Dore Freeman's private collection; auctioned on eBay in 2013.)




 A Joan cigarette case, from the Allen Jeffries collection; being auctioned 9/05 online.     Cigarette case.


    Makeup case given to Joan by Frank Sinatra, Christmas 1957.      Inside of makeup case.

 Sinatra's inscription on bottom of case.


Above:  Joan's mahogany backgammon table (H 29 in, W 44 in, D 2-1/4 in). Sold at auction by Doyle New York on 12/7/11.


From the Mackinac Island Grand Hotel.

Parlor of Mackinac Island's Grand Hotel.

Above: Parlor of the Grand Hotel of Mackinac Island (Michigan) today, decorated by Carleton Varney
and including two end tables from Joan's last apartment (also decorated by Varney). Thanks to Luke Mack for the photos.


Joan's pharmacy card from the Clayton and Edwards Pharmacy in NYC.              A recent button made out of Joan's old MGM employee card #13998. It also shows her Social Security number: 568-10-8455.


Warners tax check to Joan. (See below photo for endorsement on back.)

Endorsement on back of above Warners check.


 A personal check from 1932.


A personal check from Joan's last address on E. 69th St.


A batch of checks written in 1976.


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