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Juliens Auctions has announced Property from the Collection of Steve Martin, an exclusive auction event celebrating the distinguished career of the legendary American actor, comedian, writer, playwright, producer, musician, and composer, taking place Saturday, July 18th, 2020 at Juliens Auctions in Beverly Hills and live online at juliensauctions.com
. It was also announced today that all of Steve Martins proceeds he receives from the auction will be donated by him to benefit The Motion Picture Home in honor of Roddy McDowall, the late legendary stage, film and television actor and philanthropist for the Motion Picture & Television Funds Country House and Hospital. MPTF supports working and retired members of the entertainment community with a safety net of health and social services, including temporary financial assistance, case management, and residential living.
On offer is the most comprehensive collection of Martins iconic costumes and memorabilia ever assembled at auction from his films, television shows and specials, as well as awards, posters, musical instruments, magic props and personal items from one of Hollywoods most revered comic geniuses and the acclaimed actors celebrated career spanning over five-decades.
Stephen Glenn Martin was born August 14th, 1945 in Waco, Texas. He began his comedy career in the 1960s as a writer for The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, where at the age of twenty-three, Martin won an Emmy award in 1969 for writing and made his first television appearance on the show. In the 1970s, Martin made frequent appearances performing his stand-up comedy on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, The Gong Show, HBOs On Location, The Muppet Show and Saturday Night Live and toured in the nations top comedy clubs across the U.S. Martin became one of SNLs most iconic stars with viewership jumping by a million viewers during his star making guest appearances playing some of SNLs most unforgettable characters in the late night sketch comedy series most classic skits: Georg Festrunk, one of the swinging Festrunk brothers along with Yortuk played by Dan Aykroyd; Theodoric of York, the medieval doctor; his comic musical portrayal of King Tut with its novelty hit song recorded and released by Martin and his band Toot Uncommons which sold over a million copies in 1978; an IRS agent and bemused foil to the Coneheads; his happy feet dancing routine and more. Martin is one of the shows most successful hosts appearing on twenty-seven Saturday Night Live shows and a fifteen-time guest-host.
His platinum selling comedy albums Lets Get Small (1977) and A Wild and Crazy Guy (1978) spawned two of the nations most popular catch phrases from its tracks Excuse Me and Just a wild and crazy guy, with the latter album reaching the No. 2 spot on the U.S. sales chart and selling over a million copies. Both albums won Grammys for Best Comedy Recording in 1977 and 1978, respectively. Martin became a phenomenon which led to stand-up comedy performances in sold out stadium sized arenas where the star wore a distinctive three-piece white suit that became a trademark for his act.
Hollywood soon called and Martin made his acting film debut in the 1972 film Another Fine Mess. His short film The Absent-Minded Waiter, which Martin wrote, starred in and directed, featuring Buck Henry and Terri Garr, would garner an Academy Award nomination for Best Short Live Action Film. But it was his starring role in the 1979 comedy film The Jerk that established Martin as a bona fide box office Hollywood star. Directed by Carl Reiner from a screenplay written by Martin and two other writers, the film was a smash hit, grossing over $100 million. In 1981, Martin starred in his first serious film role in 1981s Pennies from Heaven and re-teamed with director Reiner in three other hit comedy films: 1982s Dead Men Dont Wear Plaid, 1983s The Man with Two Brains, and 1984s All of Me, which is considered one of Martins most critically acclaimed performances.
In 1986, Martin and fellow SNL veterans Martin Short and Chevy Chase starred as the Three Amigos directed by John Landis and written by Martin, Lorne Michaels and singer-songwriter Randy Newman. That same year, Martin starred as the sadistic dentist, Orin Scrivello, in the movie musical film version of the hit play Little Shop of Horrors along with Rick Moranis. In 1987, Martin joined comedian John Candy in the John Hughes cult classic Planes, Trains and Automobiles as well as starred in Roxanne, the film adaptation of the classic tale of Cyrano de Bergerac and co-wrote the Writers Guild of America Award winning screenplay. In 1988, he took the stage in the Broadway revival of Waiting for Godot, directed by Mike Nichols where he played Vladimir, opposite Robin Williams as Estragon and Bill Irwin as Lucky.
From the late 1980s to 2000s, Martin would star in many critically acclaimed and box office hit films including, 1988s Dirty Rotten Scoundrels directed by Frank Oz and opposite Michael Caine; Ron Howards Parenthood with Rick Moranis in 1989 and again with Moranis in 1990s My Blue Heaven; 1991s L.A. Story, a romantic comedy hit film whose screenplay Martin also co-wrote; Lawrence Kasdans film Grand Canyon, Father of the Bride (1991) followed by its sequel in 1995; 1992s Housesitter with Goldie Hawn and Dana Delaney; 1994s A Simple Twist of Fate, a film adaptation of Silas Marner; David Mamets 1997 thriller A Spanish Prisoner; 1999s Bowfinger opposite Eddie Murphy, which Martin also wrote; 1999s The Out of Towners, a remake of Neil Simons comedy, co-starring Goldie Hawn and more. By 2003, Martin ranked fourth on the box office stars list, after starring in Bringing Down The House opposite Queen Latifah and Cheaper by the Dozen, each of which earned over $130 million at U.S. theaters. In 2005, he starred in Cheaper by the Dozen 2 and the following year, he starred in the box office hit The Pink Panther as the iconic Inspector Clouseau and reprised the role in the equally successful The Pink Panther 2, of which both films combined grossed over $230 million at the box office. Other film roles included Baby Mama opposite Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, Its Complicated opposite Meryl Streep and Alex Baldwin, The Big Year opposite Jack Black, Owen Wilson and JoBeth Williams, the animated film Home and the war drama Billy Lynns Long Halftime Walk. Martin is also an acclaimed author and playwright whose work includes: the 1993 full length play Picasso at Lapin Agile, which opened in Chicagos famed Steppenwolf Theater Company and performed in Los Angeles, New York and other U.S. cities; the 2002 adaptation of Carl Sternheims off-Broadway play The Underpants; 2008s Traitor starring Don Cheadle and the novellas, Shopgirl (2000), a New York Times best seller which was made into a 2005 film starring Martin and Claire Danes and The Pleasure of My Company (2003); his 2007 memoir, Born Standing Up, which Time magazine named as one of the Top 10 Nonfiction Books of 2007; the 2010 novel An Object of Beauty; the 2017 Broadway play Meteor Shower directed by Jerry Zaks whose cast featured Amy Schumer, Laura Benanti, Jeremy Shamos and Keegan-Michael Key; and the story for the upcoming Disney film, Magic Camp. Martin has hosted the Academy Awards in 2001 and 2003 and with Alec Baldwin in 2010.
A self-taught banjo player since the age of 17, Martin is also a Grammy Award winning bluegrass musician and composer, whose 2001 recording playing the banjo on Earl Scruggs remake of Foggy Mountain Breakdown, won The Recording Academys honor for Best Country Instrumental. The banjo was a staple of Martins 1970s stand-up career as well on his comedy and music albums, most notably with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band who played on his hit song King Tut as The Toot Uncommons. In 2009, Martin released his first all-music album, The Crow: New Songs for the 5-String Banjo featuring acts such as Dolly Parton, which won the Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album in 2010. Martin has collaborated, recorded and toured with the Steep Canyon Rangers and Edie Brickell, whose track Love Has Come For You won the 2013 Grammy Award for Best American Roots Song. Martin and Brickell collaborated on his first musical, Bright Star which opened on Broadway in 2016. In 2010, Martin created the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass, an award established to reward artistry and bring greater visibility to bluegrass performers whose prize includes a US $50,000 cash award and a bronze sculpture created by the artist Eric Fischl.
Martin has received several distinguished honors throughout his career including an Emmy Award, a Writers Guild of America award, two Peoples Choice Awards, five Grammy Awards, the 2000 American Comedy Award for Lifetime Achievement in Comedy, a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music, awards from the National Society of Film Critics, New York Film Critics Circle and Los Angeles Film Critics Association and more. In 2005, Martin was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, as well as the Kennedy Center Honors in recognition of his lifetime of contributions to American culture in 2007. In 2013, he was awarded an Academy Honorary Award and in 2015, he received the AFI Lifetime Achievement Award.
One of the top highlights of the auction will be the sale of one of Martins trademark three-piece white suits (estimate: $10,000 - $20,000) worn during his sold-out stand-up comedy performances in the 80s. This suit, consisting of an eggshell white blazer with peaked lapels and three front pockets, tailored by Giorgio Beverly Hills By Brioni, with a matching vest, a matching pair of slacks and a black silk necktie by Dior and a black silk pocket square, was the branding of an identity millions would come to recognize as the comedian, Steve Martin. This signature suit established Martin as one of the greatest comic geniuses of the era and would also be one of only three such suits that the star would ever wear. He had two of his white suits custom designed the one on offer in this auction, and the other suit was donated to the Smithsonian Museum where it is currently on display.
Other highlights include film props such as Martins dental prop from the 1986 film Little Shop of Horrors, a heavyweight silvertone metal hammer engraved Orin Scrivello D.D.S. and For Steve/ Thanks and Love/ From/ Little Shop of Horrors/ 1985 used by the actor as Dr. Scrivello while tending to his masochistic patient Arthur Denton played by Bill Murray (estimate: $800-$1,200); Martins signed script from the 1979 hit comedy film The Jerk (estimate: $3,000-$5,000); Martins awards including his People Choice Awards for Favorite Actor in a Comedy Motion Picture from 1992 and 1993 (estimate: $1,000-$2,000 each); a 2004 American Cinematheque award and a Los Angeles Film Critics Association award presented to Martin for Best Actor for the 1987 comedy Roxanne (estimate each: $400-$600); a Gibson Mastertone banjo gifted to Martin by Queen Latifah, his co-star on the 2003 comedy Bringing Down the House (estimate: $2,000-$3,000); Martins stage played Toot Uncommons, 1976 Gibson Flying V solid body electric guitar with its groovy-print strap, accompanied by the guitars tan road case stenciled with an image of Steve Martins now famous arrow through the head logo, based on the head piece from his iconic stand-up act and written Toot Uncommons, the gag name of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band that Martin worked with on his 1978 parody hit song King Tut and toured with in the mid-1970s (estimate: $4,000-$6,000); his film costumes worn in the 1990 comedy My Blue Heaven, co-starring Rick Moranis, a maroon two piece suit with peaked jacket lapels and an ivory jacquard jacket and trousers and a navy blue wool traditional military jacket with gold stripes, epaulettes, bars, and medals and matching trousers worn in the 1989 comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (estimate each ensemble: $800-$1,200); a red raw silk karate robe worn by Martin as Robert Bowfinger in Bowfinger co-starring Eddie Murphy who wears a matching garment in the film (estimate: $600-$800); Martins drag costumes worn in the 1982 comedy Dead Men Dont Wear Plaid, consisting of a black and white wool herringbone vest, ivory silk jersey blouse, and a black wool straight skirt and a 1940s-style, navy blue white dot patterned cotton dress (each ensemble estimate: $800-$1,200) and a group of seven loud and wacky ties worn in the film (estimate: $300-$500); a metal headband with a puffy blue velvet arrow tip and white feathers gifted to Martin by a fan (estimate: $1,000-$2,000); a pair of clapper boards, one for the 1984 film All of Me co-starring Lily Tomlin and directed by Carl Reiner, and one for the 1985 CBS Television special I, George Burns Comedy Week of which Martin directed one episode (estimate: $600-$800); three collectibles related to his play Picasso at the Lapin Agile including a 1995 commemorative Lucite piece noting that Martins play was the longest run/ in the history of the/ Westwood Playhouse, a tan leather-covered trinket box featuring a color photograph of the Promenade Theatre marquee when the play was staged there and a related gag poster from Martins appearance at the West Side YMCA (estimate: $400-$600) and more.