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Paintings by Greta Garbo up for Auction

Painting of a seated nude woman by Greta Garbo
Painting of a seated nude woman by Greta Garbo

Julien’s Auctions Property from the Estate of Greta Garbo sale includes two paintings by actress Greta Garbo. Garbo was known to be an art collector. Her collection included artwork by Renoir, Pierre Bonnard and other great painters.  However, most people probably didn’t know that Garbo also painted. The paintings by Greta Garbo listed at Julien’s are two female nudes, one seated and one standing. Other interesting lots include a rug designed by Garbo, a painting by actor Hervé Villechaize given to her as a gift, and several paintings by her brother Sven Gustafson.

Select photographs from Garbo’s personal collection of Hollywood studio portraits (often referred to as Garbo’s Garbos) by photographers George Hurrell, Clarence Sinclair Bull, and Ruth Harriet Louise are also part of the sale. These photographs were published in 2005 in the book Garbo: Portraits from Her Private Collection.

Painting of a standing nude woman by Greta Garbo
Painting of a standing nude woman by Greta Garbo

The Property from the Estate of Greta Garbo auction will be held on December 14 and 15, 2012 at Julien’s Auctions Beverly Hills Gallery. The auction will include more 800 personally owned items of Greta Garbo. For more information visit http://www.juliensauctions.com/.

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