James dean collection James dean collection

Auction Ends May 25th 2023 at 5:00 pm PDT*

*Extended bidding begins at 5:00 pm PDT for items (lots) that have more than one bid; bidding will remain open until 30 minutes pass without a bid being placed on that individual lot. Extended bidding lots will end at different times depending upon bid activity.

the james dean collection

We're pleased to offer collectors nearly 400 lots from Jane Deacy's personal collection of her beloved client, James Dean. It's long known that Deacy opened her own agency in 1952 to represent Dean, then a struggling actor who had just moved to New York to turn his fortunes around. The two grew close, with Dean often referring to her as Mom, relying on Deacy not only for his burgeoning acting career, but also for emotional support, financial help and an uncompromising belief in his future. The result here is the most comprehensive and intimate offering of James Dean memorabilia ever to come to auction, covering the pivotal three years of Dean's life when he transformed from working actor into quintessential movie star. Items include everything from Dean signed photos to his handwritten letters, signed contracts and correspondence providing never before glimpses into his life.

The James Dean lots are presented in chronological order.

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