Cinephiles will get a chance to snatch up rare bits of the Hollywood Renaissance when property from the estate of groundbreaking producer Robert Evans hit the auction block at Julien’s in Beverly Hills on October 24.
Evans, who died last October 26, championed the film industry’s “New Wave” in the late 1960s through the 1980s, producing such classics as Rosemary’s Baby, The Godfather, Chinatown, Marathon Man, and The Cotton Club. Many of the items up for sale are from that era, along with Evans’s luxury toys, art, and furniture from his mansion, and even his iconic black-framed, blue-tinted Oliver Peoples “Robert Evans” brand eyeglasses—with the temple tips chewed by Evans himself (estimate: $2,000-$3,000).
Evans’s annotated early draft of The Godfather—in which he wrote about possibly casting Gene Hackman, Pat Hingle, or Robert Ryan as Tom Hadden, a role that ultimately went to Robert Duvall—is expected to fetch $3,000 to $5,000, while his third draft of Chinatown signed with a note from Academy Award winning screenwriter Robert Towne is estimated at $8,000 to $10,000. The auctioneers predict Evans’ 1974 “Best Motion Picture/Drama” Golden Globe for Chinatown will go for $3,000 to $5,000.
On the more modest side, three of Evans’s Rolodexes from the ’80s and ’90s, including contacts for Wes Anderson, Warren Beatty, Candice Bergen, Jacqueline Bissett, Peter Bogdanovich, Francis Ford Coppola, Faye Dunaway, Mia Farrow, Carrie Fisher, Jack Nicholson, and Heidi Fleiss, are estimated at $400 to $600.
Art aficionados can pick up Pierre-Paul Prud’hon’s Nude Study drawing from Evans’s master bedroom for $15,000 to $20,000, or a pair of personally inscribed Helmut Newton prints—In Robert’s Garden and Saddle II—for $80,000 to $100,000.
Some lucky film fan on the go can cruise around town in Evans’s 1995 Jade XJS Jaguar convertible. With just 69,595 miles on it and a 4.0 liter, 3980cc inline 6-cylinder engine with 245 horsepower and 282 foot-pounds of torque under the hood, it’s a steal at $8,000 to $10,000.