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Hollywood icon and incandescent star of one of the most beloved films of all time, Vivien Leigh (1913-1967)
captured hearts and minds with her fiery, luminous performance as Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind in 1939.
Her legendary status in the pantheon of all-time greats was assured when she secured what perhaps remains to
this day the most coveted role in cinema history. Our perception of such legends is often
imperceptibly entwined with the myths they come to embody.
This September, a spotlight will reveal Vivien’s private side when Sotheby’s London brings to
auction ‘The Vivien Leigh Collection’. Passed down through Vivien’s family, the collection comprises
paintings, jewellery, couture, books from her private library, Hollywood memorabilia, furniture, objets d’art
and further items celebrating all aspects of her life, from the pre-war years in London, to Hollywood and beyond,
up to her death in 1967. Myriad pieces drawn from the city and country homes Vivien shared with her husband
Laurence Olivier will give a new perspective on Vivien, from her appreciation of art and patronage of
Modern British artists, to her passion for books and fondness for entertaining and interior design.
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