A whole lot of Betty White goes on sale this weekend.
More than 1,500 lots owned by the late actress, representing her life and prolific career, will be auctioned over three days starting Friday.
White’s Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award is among the highlights, along with writing notable television episodes, including Part 1 of the finale of The Golden Girls. This one is signed by White and her co-stars Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan and Estelle Getty.
There’s also a handwritten note from Mary Tyler Moore and NBC executive Grant Tinker, a framed cast photo from The Mary Tyler Moore Show engraved with “Betty,” White’s 2015 People’s Choice Award for Favorite Icon, her original director’s chair from the set from “The Golden Girls” and a series of dresses she wore to the red carpet at the awards show.
Buyers can also pick up art, furniture, fine jewelry and more from their homes in Brentwood and Carmel.
There will also be another offering that could win the hearts of romantics everywhere: White’s diamond-encrusted wedding ring and the wedding ring worn by her third and last husband, Allen Ludden, whom White called “one of the nicest, dearest people.”
Ludden bought the ring for White after she initially turned down his proposals, according to E! News, he then wore it on a chain around his neck for three months so she couldn’t miss it.
“It was covered in soap and suntan lotion,” she said in Betty White in Person, her 1987 memoir, “but he swore he would only take it off for one reason.” The two eventually married in 1963 and stayed until Ludden’s death 1981 together. The inscription inside the ring reads “6-14-63 I really do” and marks their wedding date.
The auction will be conducted in person and online by Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Unfortunately, some of White’s most iconic items are not available for purchase as they were recently donated to the National Comedy Center and installed in its museum in Jamestown, NY
Among the museum’s goodies?
There are five Emmy statuettes, which include White’s wins for “Life With Elizabeth” (1952), “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” (1975 and 1976), “The Golden Girls” (1986), and guest host of “Saturday Night Live” ( 2010) mark. The blue and white sweater that White wore in her 2010 Snickers Super Bowl ad is also there, along with a tracksuit from “Hot in Cleveland” and a sweater from “The Golden Girls.”
White died in December 2021 at the age of 99.
https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/tv/story/2022-09-22/betty-white-property-auction-golden-girls Here’s what Betty White’s auction items will include