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Want to Buy: One of Astaire's suits. Help!

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by zjpj83, Apr 26, 2006.

  1. zjpj83

    zjpj83 Senior member

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    Ok, slightly off-topic, but I do like Astaire and think it would be cool to own one of his suits. I'd keep it, and one day have it on a manequin in my 5,000 sq. foot closet.. [​IMG] But, in all seriousness, I am interested in buying one and I was wondering if anyone knew where you can find stuff like that?

    Thanks.
     
  2. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Ok, slightly off-topic, but I do like Astaire and think it would be cool to own one of his suits. I'd keep it, and one day have it on a manequin in my 5,000 sq. foot closet.. [​IMG] But, in all seriousness, I am interested in buying one and I was wondering if anyone knew where you can find stuff like that?

    Thanks.


    I'm entirely out of my league here, as I've never even thought of collecting famous textiles. But it would seem to me that Astaire is a sufficient name to warrant being sold through one of the major auction houses ... Sotheby's, Christie's, etc.
     
  3. Vintage Gent

    Vintage Gent Senior member

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    I'd imagine that his wardrobe would have been liquidated by his estate many years ago. Finding one of his suits would depend on the off chance that a private collector is interested in selling.
     
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    Wasn't there one of his jackets on eBay like 18 months ago? Maybe I'm thinking of someone else. I'm sure his personal effects, including clothes, were sold at auction. You could try movie memorabilia collectors, but I imagine this would be a very expensive acquisition, no matter how you go about it.
     
  5. zjpj83

    zjpj83 Senior member

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    Good point, I could contact the major auction houses and see if any of the stuff has gone through them.
     
  6. Margaret

    Margaret Senior member

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    Wasn't there one of his jackets on eBay like 18 months ago? Maybe I'm thinking of someone else. I'm sure his personal effects, including clothes, were sold at auction. You could try movie memorabilia collectors, but I imagine this would be a very expensive acquisition, no matter how you go about it.

    Maybe you're thinking of Larry Flynt? Easy to confuse the two.
     
  7. zjpj83

    zjpj83 Senior member

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    I contacted the Sotheby's "Collectibles" department, we'll see what they have to say for themselves...
     
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    What about the Duke of Windsor? His stuff may be close to your size, actually...
     
  9. zjpj83

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    What about the Duke of Windsor? His stuff may be close to your size, actually...
    True, but not exactly a man I admire nor one whose possessions I have interest in acquiring.
     
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    This thread reminds me of the episode of Friends where the guys were getting tuxedos worn my movie stars. "I'm wearing Batman's tuxedo!!!" It would be pretty awesome to be able to walk around and say "I'm wearing Astaire's suit!!!" Good luck in finding one.
     
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    This thread reminds me of the episode of Friends where the guys were getting tuxedos worn my movie stars. "I'm wearing Batman's tuxedo!!!" It would be pretty awesome to be able to walk around and say "I'm wearing Astaire's suit!!!" Good luck in finding one.
    if you actually wear it i may kill you [​IMG] beside, i doubt they are really wearable anyhow, didnt he used to have them tailored with his arms up so they would fit perfectly while dancing?
     
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    I'm trying to think why that might make a difference. Sounds like an apocryphal story to me. His clothing has been dissected by Flusser, members of the LL, and many many others, and I think his clothes fit perfectly while dancing because they fit perfectly.
     
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    if you actually wear it i may kill you [​IMG]

    beside, i doubt they are really wearable anyhow, didnt he used to have them tailored with his arms up so they would fit perfectly while dancing?


    Hah, even better!!! Imagine DANCING around in Fred Astaire's suit! [​IMG]
     
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    Doyle's in NY also specialises in high-end collectible clothing: http://www.doylenewyork.com/about/default.htm http://www.doylenewyork.com/speciali...lt.htm#couture
     
  15. zjpj83

    zjpj83 Senior member

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    Great links - thanks.
     
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    This thread reminds me of the episode of Friends where the guys were getting tuxedos worn my movie stars. "I'm wearing Batman's tuxedo!!!" It would be pretty awesome to be able to walk around and say "I'm wearing Astaire's suit!!!" Good luck in finding one.
    Are you referring to Keaton as Batman or Val Kilmer? Kilmer's was better cut in my opinion. Or maybe I'm just not a huge fan of shawl lapels.
     
  17. zjpj83

    zjpj83 Senior member

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    Update: There will be a Sotheby's entertainment sale the first week in October in LA. They don't know about the inventory yet though.
     
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    I would think that an auction house's staff would keep you informed if you were specific about what you wanted. This stuff changes hands all of the time, and it's only a matter of time until what you want shows up. Plus, the top houses know who owns what, and can make queries to collectors who might be interested in a sale.

    A family acquaintance wanted a Beatles suit, and only waited about a year until one of their suits from an Ed Sullivan appearance showed up. He was told that the suit had already changed hands five times.
     
  19. zjpj83

    zjpj83 Senior member

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    I would think that an auction house's staff would keep you informed if you were specific about what you wanted. This stuff changes hands all of the time, and it's only a matter of time until what you want shows up. Plus, the top houses know who owns what, and can make queries to collectors who might be interested in a sale.

    A family acquaintance wanted a Beatles suit, and only waited about a year until one of their suits from an Ed Sullivan appearance showed up. He was told that the suit had already changed hands five times.

    Must not have been cheap!
    I've already been offered his hobo suit from Easter Parade. Not quite what I had in mind...
     
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    Are you referring to Keaton as Batman or Val Kilmer? Kilmer's was better cut in my opinion. Or maybe I'm just not a huge fan of shawl lapels.

    Actually, I'm pretty sure that the tuxedo that they were referring to in the show was Clooney's.
     

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