Memorabilia, art and antique furniture once belonging to Bob Hope will auctioned at online and live auctions on 20th and 21st September, raising money for the Bob and Dolores Hope Charitable Foundation. The US comedian enjoyed a career which lasted more than 60 years, working in TV, film, radio and vaudeville. Hope died in 2003, aged 100.
Hope organised shows for the US troops, with his United Service Organisation running from 1942 to 1988. He was host for a number of TV specials and was the star of many movies alongside Bing Crosby. It is estimated that the proceeds of the auction could be as much as $1 million, which will be donated to the Foundation. According to the executive director of Julien’s Auctions, Martin Nolan, the items for sale guide people through the career of Bob Hope, from his early vaudeville days to his later years playing golf. In order to raise money for charity, Bob Hope also organised a yearly PGA Tour pro-am golf tournament which would take place in Palm Springs, California. All his golfing memorabilia, including his golf cart, will be sold at auction.
An antique cabinet is expected to raise $70,000 (£45,000), while a couple of Turkish carpets are estimated at $25,000 (£16,000) and $30,000 (£19,000) respectively. Another highlight of the auction will be a photograph of John F. Kennedy, which is inscribed for Bob Hope and has a pre-sale estimate of $6,000 (£4,000). Those who secure items at auction pay more than they would when buying from a dealer, as a buyer’s premium will always be added onto the purchase price.
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