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William “Billy” Haines Commission with Hollywood Pedigree Goes To Auction

March 25, 2014

For Immediate Release

March 20, 2014

LOS ANGELES, CA – 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 also is the granddaughter of Tom & Anita May.

“The May and LeRoy families are among Haines’ most important clients,” states Peter Loughrey, director of LAMA, “each had landmark commissions of their own and were instrumental in introducing Haines to other Hollywood elite. This collection represents the grandeur of Hollywood’s golden age.”

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. Highlights include a Tang Style Horse Lamp, a gift from Mervyn & Kitty LeRoy from their William Haines and Samuel Marx interior from an earlier period, as well as two “Seniah” chairs, one of Haines’ most celebrated creations.

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

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

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

Haines and the Hollywood elite:

Mervyn & Kitty LeRoy, most 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

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The William “Billy” Haines custom furnishings from the collection of Anita May Rosenstein will go up for auction on May 18, 2014 in the Los Angeles Modern Auction (LAMA) Modern Art & Design Auction.  Advance viewings begin May 5th and the auction will be on May 18th at 12 p.m. (PST). Visit www.LAMODERN.com or call 323-904-1950 for additional details.

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May 18, 2014 Modern Art & Design Auction will be conducted at the LAMA showroom: 16145 Hart St. Van Nuys, CA 91406 and will start at 12 p.m. (PST). Auction Preview:  May 5 – 18, 2014; open daily 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. // Auction catalogues available: April 24, 2014 // Preview lots online: April 29, 2014

Photography credit: Noe Montes

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For more information and images, please contact Elizabeth Portanova, Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA), 16145 Hart St., Van Nuys, CA

www.lamodern.com | tel: 323-904-1950 | fax: 323-904-1954 | e-mail: Elizabeth@lamodern.com

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