Betty White’s belongings go up for auction | Smart News
A collection of artifacts from Betty White’s life and career – from scripts and memorabilia to art and jewelry – will go up for auction this weekend.
White, best known for playing Rose Nylund on “The Golden Girls,” died Dec. 31, 2021, just days before her 100th birthday. She was a “national treasure and a cross-generational icon who made us laugh for 80 years with her illustrious work on film, radio and television classics,” said Darren Julien, president of Beverly-based Julien’s Auctions. Hills, in a statement.
Ceramic figurines, jewelry, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, paintings, furniture and other items from White’s homes in Brentwood and Carmel, Calif., are all up for grabs. In addition to decorations and other items from White’s personal life, the auction house also offers items from the actress’ eight-decade career in Hollywood, including a ‘Golden Girls’ director’s chair. and the first storyline of the series.
In total, the auction features over 1,600 items, ranging from the dazzling to the mundane. White’s car, a 2000 Cadillac Seville sedan, is for sale alongside his diamond-set wedding band.
“The items are really beautiful and just represent a nice lady,” said Martin Nolan, executive director of Julien’s Auctions, at the wall street journalis Jennifer Calfas. “It’s not an elitist auction… It’s not Monets or Picassos.”
White grew up in Los Angeles and began her acting career with various television and radio appearances in the 1940s. she also co-created and produced. She met her longtime husband, Allen Ludden, when she began appearing as a guest on several game shows, including “Password,” which Ludden hosted. The two married in 1963 and remained together until Ludden’s death in 1981.
“I don’t think Betty was ever afraid to die because she always wanted to be with her most beloved husband, Allen Ludden,” Jeff Witjas, White’s agent and friend, told Kalhan Rosenblatt and Ethan. Sacks from NBC News after his death last year. “She believed she would be with him again.”
With roles on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “The Golden Girls,” and “Hot in Cleveland,” White won over even more fans with her deadpan humor, quotable one-liners, and charm. Her 79-year run in Hollywood set the Guinness World Record for the longest television career by a female entertainer. White won numerous awards for her work, including multiple Emmys and a Grammy, and she was also a passionate animal rights activist.
This legacy continues: according to the the wall street journalproceeds from the auction will go to the various environmental and animal welfare charities supported by White.