Hollywood icon Vivien Leigh secured her legendary status in the pantheon of all-time greats when she secured the most coveted role in cinema history as Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind. The legendary actress went on to win acclaim in a series of roles on both stage and screen and remains one of the UK’s most celebrated actresses. This September, the spotlight will fall on Vivien’s private side when Sotheby’s brings to auction ‘The Vivien Leigh Collection’. Passed down through Vivien’s family, the collection comprises paintings, jewellery, couture, books, furniture, porcelain, 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. Drawn from the city and country homes Vivien shared with her husband Laurence Olivier, the pieces 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. Click ahead to see a selection of the highlights.
Vivien: The Vivien Leigh Collection
26 September | London