Tony Award For Sale
As Hollywood memorabilia remains a hot, hot commodity in the auction world, we have had the opportunity to have a few Tony Award for sale over the years, given to some of theater’s most luminary actors and actresses.
In the theater world, the award trumps all others, and each year, seasoned Broadway actors, directors and productions wait eagerly to see if they are one of the top contenders for the coveted award.
Tony Awards’ eponymous inspiration, Antoinette Perry, had passed away in 1946, and her American Theater Wing co-founder Brock Pemberton initiated the awards to honor her memory. Originally called the “Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre,” the premiere ceremony of the most prestigious awards for Broadway was held in the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York on 6 April 1947.
Tony Award for Sale
In our upcoming May auction, we have up for auction a Tony Award for sale for Best Actress Given to Anne Revere for “Toys in The Attic” in 1960
The Tony was specifically given for her “Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play”.
Taking a break from Hollywood, the award was bestowed on Revere as a stage actress during her decades-long hiatus from the world of cinema.
Nine years earlier, Revere was publicly and dramatically blacklisted for refusing to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee. This was the only Tony won by the production of Lillian Hellman’s play, which was produced by Kermit Bloomgarden and directed by Arthur Penn.
In the past, we’ve auctioned the following Tony Awards and certificates with impressive prices realized:
Incredibly Scarce Tony Award for Sale From The First-Ever Ceremony — Awarded to the Legendary Actress Helen Hayes in 1947 for “Best Actress – Dramatic”
Nicknamed “First Lady of the American Theatre”, actress Helen Hayes career spanned 70 years, earning her the impressive “Showbiz Award Grand Slam”, or EGOT status — a prestigious title shared by just 11 performers including Hayes who have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony.
The award sold for an incredible $37,230
The Tiffany & Co. sterling silver award is fashioned as a mirrored makeup compact with hinged lid engraved with Hayes’ initials “HH”.
Hayes was honored with the “Best Actress – Dramatic” award for her performance as the year’s “Best Actress – Dramatic” in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway production of the play “Happy Birthday”.
Tony Award Nomination Certificate For “Passing Strange” — Nominated For Best Musical of 2007-2008
The Broadway rock and roll musical, based on the book by Stew and developed at the Sundance Institute, is about a young black man from Los Angeles whose exploration of music leads him on a journey to Europe and back.
It sold for $514.80.
Lena Horne’s Personally-Owned Tony Award for Sale — “Distinguished Achievement in Theatre” Award for “Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music”
It sold for $37,230.00.
This Tony Award for sale, a Special Award “for Distinguished Achievement in Theatre”, was given to Horne in 1981 for her incredibly successful Broadway musical, “Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music” at the 35th Awards ceremony.
She was set to retire in 1980 after a series of ups and downs in her career, but instead starred the next year in her famed one-woman show for which she won the Tony, “Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music,” which ran for more than three hundred performances on Broadway. A total hit.
Zero Mostel’s 1963 Tony Award for Sale: “A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum”
It sold for $19,102.80.
Mostel’s comic portrayal of a Roman slave won him rave reviews in addition to this award, his second Tony. The show, which also won a Tony for Best Musical, was a popular and financial success, and the basis of the 1966 movie where Mostel reprised his role.
We also auctioned a second Tony Award for sale for Zero Mostel in His Most Beloved Role — as Tevye in “Fiddler on the Roof”
It sold for $30,768.
Zero Mostel’s 1965 Tony Award for his performance as Best Actor in a Musical in “Fiddler on the Roof.” The comic actor, who already had two Tony Awards to his credit, played Tevye, a Jew raising five daughters and trying to maintain traditions in Tsarist Russia.
Be sure to check out a wide variety of Tony Award memorabilia in our upcoming auctions!