Robin Leach’s personal belongings are being presented at auction this month and in November.
Clars Auction Gallery of Oakland, Calif., is showcasing Leach’s possessions in its Oct. 13 and Nov. 17 auctions and online at Live.Clars.com and through Liveauctioneers.com. Clars Auction Gallery is at 5644 Telegraph Ave..
Bidding begins at 9:30 a.m. on those dates.
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Leach, the celebrated celebrity journalist, died on Aug. 24, 2018, in Las Vegas after suffering a stroke while on vacation in Cabo San Lucas the previous November. He was a Las Vegas resident at the time of his death and was a regular columnist for the Review-Journal.
His art collection, furnishings, jewelry and antiques are being sold by his family. Leach’s son Steve Leach says the effort follows his father’s wishes.
As a tribute to Leach’s famous “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” sendoff, “Champagne wishes and caviar dreams,” Leach’s collection of fine wines and champagnes will be offered, including a 1990 Louis Roederer Champagne Cristal Brut Millennium Methuselah valued at $10,000-$15,000.
Many celebrity gifts are being offered, including a framed inscription and drawing from Ruby “Tuesday” Mazur, the designer of the Rolling Stones’ legendary tongue logo, and an autographed chef’s jacket featuring the names of star chefs Thomas Keller and Bobby Flay.
Framed and signed photos of Cher, a close friend of Leach’s, are in the collection, along with decorative art pieces by such artists as Pal Kepenyes and Steve Tobin. Also listed is fine furniture — including Levantine- and Moroccan-inspired works — and designer pieces, including a floor lamp attributed to Frances Elkins.
The full collection will be presented throughout the 2019 fall auction season at Clars. Cristina Campion, senior specialist in charge of the Leach collection said, “On behalf of Clars, we are very honored to have been selected to present the personal collection of this extraordinary man and entertainment icon to the global market so they may have the opportunity to own a piece of his magnificent life and lifestyle.”
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