Locket from Bogie-Bacall Love Affair Sells for $57K

AuctionsSep 11, 2023

Locket from Bogie-Bacall Love Affair Sells for $57K

The inscribed heart-shaped locket sold for nearly three times its highest pre-sale estimate.

Humphrey Bogart gave Lauren Bacall this gold heart-shaped locket set with a simulated garnet and had it inscribed for her. A buyer paid nearly $60,000 for it at a recent auction of Hollywood memorabilia.
Lauren Bacall heart-shaped locket from Humphrey Bogart
Los Angeles—A locket Humphrey Bogart gave Lauren Bacall has a new owner. 

The gold locket, which is heart-shaped and inscribed with the words “Baby/heres my heart/Bogie,” is set with a simulated garnet and has openings for two pictures inside. 

A buyer paid $57,150 for the locket at a Julien’s Auctions sale of Hollywood memorabilia, nearly three times its highest pre-sale estimate of $20,000. There was a total of 23 bids for the piece. 

Bogart and Bacall, who met on the set of 1944’s “To Have and Have Not,” were married in 1945 and remained married until the actor’s death in 1957, with the 12-year union serving as one of Hollywood’s most storied romances.

Lauren Bacall heart-shaped locket
A closeup of the locket and its inscription, “Baby/heres my heart/Bogie”

The locket was part of Julien’s Auctions “Hollywood Legends & Royalty” sale, which closed Friday after weeks of online bidding and three live sales held in Beverly Hills, California. 

In addition to the locket, the auction featured a number of other personal possessions from Bogart’s estate, including an engraved tie clip, a pair of cufflinks Bacall gave the actor, an engraved whistle bracelet he gave Bacall, and the couple’s wedding bands. 

Humphrey Bogart Lauren Bacall wedding bands
Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall were married on May 21, 1945, after meeting on the set of “To Have and Have Not.” He was 45; she was 20.

A buyer paid $190,500 for the matching 14-karat gold wedding bands, which the couple exchanged during their ceremony on May 21, 1945, Julien’s Auctions said. 

There were 38 bids for the two bands, which were offered as a single lot and expected to sell for $100,000-$200,000.

Though the bands fell within their estimated range, they ranked as the fifth highest-grossing lot in the sale, topped by a few famous dresses, including two worn by Princess Diana.

A Bruce Oldfield-designed red silk gown Diana wore twice, including to the 1991 world premiere of “Hot Shots” in London, sold for $571,500, as did a Catherine Walker-designed green and black gown the princess wore to gala dinner in Toronto in 1991. 

They were the top lots of the Hollywood Legends & Royalty sale.

To see the full results, visit the Julien’s website.  

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