Anyone that's familiar with classic movies on television has heard of the legendary Greta Garbo. She reigned as queen of MGM Studios and created a mystique by announcing her own retirement in 1941 at the age of 36 years-old. After she retired, Greta Garbo spent much of her time in her Manhattan townhouse on the Upper East Side. Residents and New York City visitors alike often sited the glamorous actress taking one of her long walks around the city streets she grew to love.
The New York Times recently said, that today, without having made a film since 1940 that Greta Garbo is still the greatest proto-type of a female movie star.“Greta Garbo commanded Marilyn Monroe prices today,” Martin Nolan, the Executive Director of Julien’s Auctions, which hosted the event, said (via The Wrap). “Her beauty, extraordinary screen presence and fashion trending style were proven to be timeless in this extraordinary two-day event.” These items have never before appeared at auction, coming directly from the estate of the actress dubbed "the first modern woman".
Garbo was nominated for four Academy Awards for her roles in films such as "Camille" and received an honorary Oscar in 1954 for her "luminous and unforgettable screen performances." This past week at Julien's Auction House in Los Angeles, the possessions of the most mysterious star, went up for auction. Among her belongings auctioned off were; Valentina Ottoman silk overcoat ($11,520), sunglasses ($13,750), her Louis Vuitton steamer trunk ($37,500), Ferragamo shoes ($8,125), antique gold pocket knife ($8,960), driving caps ($15,000), jewelry set ($9,600), Maltese cross brooch ($13,750), and velvet black turban ($12,800).
There was also an interesting list of the 853 items for sale; 'GG' monogram bracelet, portraits, couture dresses, trousers, sleek skirts, suits, flat shoes, a colorful cotton romper, a yoga outfit, juicer, a pair of skis and many more. Perhaps, juicing and exercise were the key to Greta Garbo's longevity -- who died in 1990 at the age of 84.
Greta Garbo was so famous, that when she came to America through contract on MGM Studio that Louis B. Mayer bought a full billboard in Times Square which said, "Garbo Talks!" Of course, Mr. Mayer was referring to the first sound movie that Greta Garbo made at his studio.