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William “Billy” Haines Commission with Hollywood Pedigree

March 26, 2014

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) is pleased to announce that the upcoming May 18, 2014 Modern Art & Design Auction will feature over 30 custom William “Billy” Haines designs commissioned in 1960 by Rita Roedling, daughter of Mervyn & Kitty LeRoy. The property is being sold by Rita’s daughter, Anita May Rosenstein, who is also the granddaughter of Tom & Anita May.

William “Billy” Haines, Tang Style Horse Lamp, Estimate $7,000 – 9,000
Property from Anita May Rosenstein

The Mays and the LeRoys were passionate supporters of Haines, and this auction presents a rare opportunity to acquire custom Haines furnishings that come with both May and LeRoy pedigree. This impressive collection of Haines designs includes lounge chairs, dining tables, table lamps, side tables, stools, and bedroom furnishings, all of which have never been offered on the market. The intersection of these early champions of Haines’ interiors is shown through the details of the Rita Roedling commission: a Tang Style Horse Lamp, which incorporates a ceramic from Mervyn & Kitty LeRoy’s William Haines and Samuel Marx interior from an earlier period, as well as two Ledge Back “Seniah” chairs, one of his most celebrated and enduring creations

William “Billy” Haines, Pair of armchairs, desk, and lamp
Property from Anita May Rosenstein

Haines and the Hollywood elite:

Mervyn & Kitty LeRoy, well-known for their contributions in the film industry, collaborated with Billy Haines in the early 1950s to furnish the interior of their Samuel Marx designed home in Bel Air. Mervyn LeRoy, renowned film director, who notably produced The Wizard of Oz, has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his extensive accomplishments in film.

Tom & Anita May, famously known for the May Department Stores Company, collaborated with Billy Haines in 1953 to furnish the interior of their Samuel Marx designed home in Holmby Hills, a prestigious neighborhood that borders Beverly Hills and Bel Air.

Additional A-list clients of the Haines Office: Betsy Bloomingdale, Francis F. Brody, Walter & Leonore Annenberg, and Nancy Reagan

For additional information about this commission and how to bid on these rare designs, please email us directly

William “Billy” Haines, Floor lamp and “Seniah” chair
Property from Anita May Rosenstein

William “Billy” Haines, headboard with end tables and lamps
Property from Anita May Rosenstein

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