From humble beginnings in war-torn Germany to international fame and a record-setting run at The Mirage in Las Vegas, Siegfried & Roy were part of the Las Vegas landscape for years, and unparalleled as entertainers and personalities.
On June 8-9, 2022, Bonhams will present more than 500 personal items from Siegfried & Roy’s professional and personal lives in two days of live sales with Siegfried & Roy: Masters of the Impossible at Bonhams Los Angeles. All proceeds will go towards the SARMOTI Foundation, Siegfried & Roy’s personal charity, which dedicates itself to making endless strides to protect endangered and threatened species.
The Mike & Carla Morning Show talked to Helen Hall, the Director of Pop Culture with Bonhams Auction House about the auction, the items and how you can actually bid on some of the items in the upcoming auction.
The Bonhams sale will exemplify the artful way Siegfried & Roy blended the fantasy worlds of their live performances with their personal lives. Their two residences in Las Vegas, the “Jungle Palace” and personalized retreat, “Little Bavaria”, were quite extraordinary and unique, filled with treasures and mementos of their storied lives and travels around the world.
Siegfried and Roy had a collection of jewelry, furniture, and decorative objects – ranging from Victorian English clocks to Cartier necklaces, Breitling wristwatches, and other custom jewelry adorned with tigers or lions, which are featured, along with one-of-a-kind artwork and collectables from their adventurous lives.
Highlights offered in the sale include:
- Electric blue satin stage costumes worn on stage by Siegfried & Roy, c. 1980s. Embellished with blue bugle beads to the collar and lapels and embroidered all over in a foliate pattern with silver sequins, rhinestones and faux pearls, the tailcoat was worn by Siegfried and the cropped jacket by Roy. Estimate: $2,000-3,000
- 18 Karat gold tiger head pendant with numerous round brilliant-cut diamonds and a ruby eye. Estimate: $4,000-6,000
- Yellow Diamond and Diamond Ring. Estimate: $40,000-60,000
- 18 Karat Cartier necklace with emerald and diamonds. Estimate: $60,000-100,000
- Leopard Spot pattern Tiffany & Co. Porcelain Tea Service, comprising one tea pot, creamer, sugar bowl, seven cups, eight saucers, eight dessert plates, and a cake plate. Estimate: $200-300.
- French Japanese Cloisonné gilt and patinated metal turtle-form clock (c. 1870-80). Almost certainly designed by Émile-Auguste Reiber for L’Escalier de Cristal, Paris. Estimate: $10,000-15,000.
To see, and/or bid, on all of the amazing items being auctioned, click on this link: Sale Items