Property from the estate of celebrated talent agent and Hollywood hostess, Sue Mengers has been placed for auction at Bonhams on June 11-June12, 2012. The sale will be part of Bonhams' summer auction of Fine Furniture and Decorative Arts.
For decades, Mengers was one of the entertainment industry's most powerful agents, earning a reputation as a skilled negotiator and strong rival as well as a trailblazer for women in a male-dominated field.
Mengers reportedly represented a "Who's Who" of Hollywood during the 1960s-1980s, including such luminaries as Candice Bergen, Faye Dunaway, Brian De Palma, Steve McQueen, Nick Nolte, Burt Reynolds, Cybill Shepherd, Barbra Streisand and Gore Vidal.
After retiring as an agent in the late 1980s, Mengers remained as powerful and influential as ever.
According to Bonham's official website, her salon-like gatherings of "twinklies," as she called them brought together a mélange of Hollywood's elite - from legends of the Silver Screen to young up-and-comers, not to mention the occasional buttoned-up entertainment executive. These fetes at her Beverly Hills home, long among the most coveted invitations in town, were among the last remnants of a glamorous age of Hollywood that today exists only as a myth.
The property placed for auction features interiors with an eclectic mix of cultures, ages and styles that was assembled over a lifetime with her husband, noted Belgian filmmaker, Jean-Claude Tramont.
In the Living Room where Mengers would often hold court, the furnishings included a diverse range of antiques with a focus on the traditional yet classically modern lines of the Neoclassical era, such as an Empire style parcel ebonized burl ash commode, late 19th century/early 20th century. Yet rather than large scale paintings gracing the walls, there was a preference for the warmth and texture of wall-hangings, such as a Beauvais landscape tapestry, late 17th century, by Philippe Behagle, 1641-1705.
The Dining Room, host to numerous legendary yet intimate luncheons, also hosted an important Chinese huanghuali altar table, 17th or18th century against one wall, while her celebrity guests sat on a set of six Louis Philippe carved walnut side chairs.