Jane Fonda to Auction Some of Her Most Prized Possessions

A Warhol portrait and her famous workout leotard are up for grabs.

Andy Warhol, Jane Fonda (1982). Courtesy Julien's Auctions.
Andy Warhol, Jane Fonda (1982). Courtesy Julien's Auctions.

Actress Jane Fonda is offering a portrait of herself by Andy Warhol, as well as her iconic workout leotard, at Los Angeles’s Julien’s Auctions this fall. The two-time Oscar winner’s clothing, art, jewelry, and decorative arts items will debut at “Property from the Collection of Jane Fonda” auction on September 23.

It was Fonda who approached Julien’s about organizing the sale. “It’s the first time she’s ever done an auction. She’s downsizing and she’s letting go of a lot of things,” Darren Julien, the house’s president and CEO, told artnet News in a phone conversation.

Marion Kavanagh Wachtel, <em>Horses on a Ranch</em>. Courtesy Julien's Auction.

Marion Kavanagh Wachtel, Horses on a Ranch. Courtesy Julien’s Auction.

“For a lot of celebrities, auctions are fun,” Julien added, noting that the sale catalogue serves as a historical record of their collections.

In the upcoming sale, the star of Netflix series “Grace and Frankie” is parting ways with a one-of-a-kind Andy Warhol 1982 pop lithograph portrait of herself from the 1968 film Barbarella, expected to fetch $25,000–30,000.

Another artwork included in the sale is Marion Kavanaugh Wachtel‘s Horses on a Ranch, part of Fonda’s collection of Western painting, which she began amassing while living in Fork Lightening Ranch, or the River House, in New Mexico. The pre-sale estimate is $30,000–50,000.

Additional highlights include the red and black striped leotard Fonda wore on the cover of her iconic 1982 work out album, a steal at just $1,000–2,000, and a collection of bespoke Atelier Versace garments.

The leotard worn by Jane Fonda on the cover of her iconic workout book and video. Courtesy Julien's Auctions.

The leotard worn by Jane Fonda on the cover of her iconic workout book and video. Courtesy Julien’s Auctions.

“We are the auction house to the stars,” Julien says, noting that they have previously organized sales for “Cher, Barbara Streisland, Bette Midler, and the other divas.” The auction house has also announced an upcoming sale of Marilyn Monroe-related items on November 19 and 20.

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A selection of the blonde bombshell’s film costumes, including the beaded cocktail dress from Some Like It Hot and rhinestone earrings from How to Marry a Millionaire, comes to Julien’s from the estate of David Gainsborough-Roberts.

The sale also includes documents and personal items, such as Joe DiMaggio’s customized accessory case and Monroe’s diamond platinum watch, from the estate of actor Lee Strassberg.

The third component of the auction is a “Deja Vu” sale of items that once belonged to the actress and are now hitting the block for the second time, as well as vintage photographs from the Frieda Hull Marilyn Monroe Collection and Photography Archive.

“It’s probably going to be the biggest Marilyn Monroe auction ever, ” said Julien.


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