Hollywood icon and incandescent star of one of the most beloved films of all time, Vivien Leigh (1913-1967) captured hearts and minds with her fiery, luminous performance as Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind in 1939. Her legendary status in the pantheon of all-time greats was assured when she secured what perhaps remains to this day the most coveted role in cinema history. Our perception of such legends is often imperceptibly entwined with the myths they come to embody. This September, a spotlight will reveal Vivien’s private side when Sotheby's London brings to auction ‘The Vivien Leigh Collection’.
Passed down through Vivien’s family, the collection comprises paintings, jewellery, couture, books from her private library, Hollywood memorabilia, furniture, objets d'art and further items celebrating all aspects of her life, from the pre-war years in London, to Hollywood and beyond, up to her death in 1967. Myriad pieces drawn from the city and country homes Vivien shared with her husband Laurence Olivier will give a new perspective on Vivien, from her appreciation of art and patronage of Modern British artists, to her passion for books and fondness for entertaining and interior design.
Exhibition of Highlights | 11 July – 11 August
Monday – Friday: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Closed Saturday & Sunday
Late Night View | 22 September Enjoy an evening at Sotheby’s London with DJ, guided tours and a pay bar. RSVP
Schedule of talks | 24 September 1pm
The Iconic Image of Vivien Leigh: Private vs Public
Kendra Bean, author, historian and editor of the hugely successful vivandlarry.com, in conversation with Sotheby’s David Macdonald. RSVP
On Stage with Vivien Leigh
Trader Faulkner, actor, who played Sebastian opposite Vivien’s Viola in Twelfth Night (1955), in conversation with Sotheby’s Frances Christie. RSVP