Screen-used costumes, props and behind-the-scene rarities from the James Tumblin Collection of "Gone with the Wind" Memorabilia on display April 15-17 in Beverly Hills, in advance of April 18-19, 2015 auction


WHAT: Highlights from the James Tumblin Collection of "Gone with the Wind" Memorabilia – including screen-used costumes from the Academy Award®-winning film – on display for the media at Heritage Auctions Beverly Hills, 9478 West Olympic (First Floor).

WHEN: April 15 through April 17, 10 am to 6 pm.

Photography welcome. A Heritage specialist will be on site and available for interview.

SUMMARY: James Tumblin, formerly in charge of the hair and makeup department at Universal Studios, began collecting screen-used costumes, props, and behind-the-scene rarities associated with the Academy Award®-winning film "Gone with the Wind" in the early 1960s. His collection of more than 300,000 artifacts from the movie has been exhibited across the country. A selection of items from his "Gone with the Wind" collection is featured in Heritage Auctions' entertainment auction scheduled forApril 18-19, 2015 in Beverly Hills. The lots are expected to realize at least $600,000.


It was on a visit to the Western Costume Company when he saw on the floor what turned out to but a dress Vivien Leigh wore as Scarlett O'Hara. He was told it was being thrown away. After some negotiating and checking with a company manager, Tumblin paid $20 and the dress was his. "I started getting inter-office memos and phone calls," Tumblin recalls, "and my secretary would get messages saying 'Well, my aunt worked on that film. Would you be interested in this?' or 'My grandfather worked on this film. What about this?' And that's how it started."


Items on display at Heritage Auctions Beverly Hills include the auction's most valued piece of "Gone with the Wind" memorabilia: Vivien Leigh's Period Screen-Worn Dress as seen in four pivotal scenes in the film (est. $100,000+); Clark Gable’s period gray suit worn as Rhett Butler in the scene where he kicks down “Scarlett’s” door (est. $30,000+); actor Leslie Howard Confederate Soldier Uniform worn as Ashley Wilkes in the moving scene where he finds his way back to Tara Plantation (est. $30,000+); Leigh’s period blouse worn in the climactic "As God as my witness" scene (est. $20,000+); and Bonnie Blue Butler's Riding Dress worn by child actress Cammie King (est. $20,000+).


The Tumblin collection also includes Hattie McDaniel’s cherished presentation script signed by famed producer David O. Selznick (est. $20,000+). McDaniel is best known for being the first African American to win an Academy Award® for her role as “Mammy” in the film.


Rare, behind-the-scenes mementos crucial to the film’s lasting cinematography include pre-production artworks of key camera angles, including "Ashley Wilkes" and "Scarlett O'Hara" standing by a tree (est. $10,000+); reading of the Confederate dead and wounded scene (est. $10,000+); and an intense image of Atlanta burning (est. $10,000+).


"When it comes to "Gone with the Wind" memorabilia, no one is more respected and recognized than Jim Tumblin," says Kathleen Guzman, managing director of Heritage Auctions in New York. "He has devoted his life and efforts to promoting Hollywood and this film, touring his items throughout the United States. Very rarely does memorabilia of this caliber come to market, and these pieces represent an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to collect these incredible treasures."