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Glamorous Possessions of Doris Day Raise $3 Million at Charity Auction

Apr 10, 2020 Steve Palace

The possessions of Doris Day were sold at auction over the weekend for $3 million. The 2 day charity event, held by Julien’s Auctions, featured around 1,200 items. These included movie memorabilia, jewelry, ornaments and a vintage car from her ‘Best Friends’ TV show. It’s a surprise result, with the initial estimate between $300,000 – $600,000. Proceeds are going to the Doris Day Animal Foundation.

Four Golden Globe awards were up for grabs, with one from 1962 fetching $25,600. A brass planter, gifted to Day by co-star and close friend Rock Hudson, made $15,625. The striking item is embossed with elephants, joining other household decorations such as ceramic dogs and animal pictures owned by the wildlife lover.

Top seller was “Buttercup”, a 1930 Model A Ford driven for mid-80s TV show ‘Best Friends’. One lucky bidder paid $96,000. That’s more than the vehicle’s mileage!

The auction’s raging success is a testament to the star’s enduring popularity. Doris von Kappelhoff was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, 1922. Mother Alma Sophia was a homemaker and father William Joseph a music teacher and choirmaster. Despite singing being in her blood, the young Doris originally wanted to dance. However a car accident in 1937 left her with a shattered leg. She then took to belting out a tune whilst she recovered.

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