Despite their age difference, the silver-screen to real-life romance of Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart was arguably the greatest love story of the glamorous Golden Age of Hollywood. Bacall, who was known for her alluring, sultry film presence and her distinctive, husky voice, was 20 when in 1945 she married Bogart, who at 45 was already a star thanks to such film classics as “The Maltese Falcon” and “Casablanca”.
A cherished memento of their love – an inscribed heart-shaped gold locket – comes to auction during the “Legends: Hollywood & Royalty” event in September at Julien’s Auctions. The locket, with a simulated garnet on one side, reads, “Baby / Here’s my heart / Bogie.” The auction, September 6-8, also includes the couple’s original wedding rings.
“No one has ever written a romance better than we lived,” Bacall said of her life with Bogart.
Introduced on the set of 1944’s noir “To Have and Have Not”, 19-year-old Bacall and 44-year-old Bogart quickly fell hard for each other, despite Bogart being already married to his third wife. After filming, the pair was forced to split and return to their normal lives, until reuniting months later on the set of “The Big Sleep”. Shortly after rekindling their love affair, Bogart officially split from his wife and married Bacall on May 21, 1945, at Malabar Farm in Lucas, Ohio. Despite the Hollywood naysayers claiming the relationship would never last, Bogie and Bacall stayed together until his tragic death from cancer in 1957.
The inscribed locket will certainly go for more than the conservative presale estimate of $10,000-$20,000. The matching 14k gold wedding rings are estimated at $100,000-$200,000.
For more information on the event, go to JuliensAuction.com.
Humphrey Bogart’s gifted locket to the love of his life, Lauren Bacall.
Photo: Julien’s Auctions
Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall in a scene from the 1947 movie “Dark Passage.”
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