Monday, December 08, 2008

Get a Piece of the Brown Derby



The Brown Derby may be long gone (except for the old restaurant's butchered remains, on top of a strip mall across the street from the corpse of the Ambassador Hotel) -- but there's still a chance to grab a piece of the legendary restaurant.

Bonhams & Butterfields auction house will auction the items off on Dec. 21. Some details:

Highlights include a group of four framed ‘hunt’ prints, 1920s-1960s (est. $400/600); an ashtray and boxes of printed matchbooks circa 1960s (est. $300/500); a brass 'derby' wall sconce (est. $300/500); a 1920s wooden 'brown derby' wall decoration (est. $300/500); and one of the restaurant’s souvenir tablecloths - printed with a map of 1950s Hollywood, with The Brown Derby restaurant right in the center (est. $200/300).

The collection also includes a group of stock certificates (est. $200/300); a group of 1950s coasters and cocktail napkins (est. $100/150); a group of 1920s small numbered brass pins worn by the waiters for identification (est. $100/200); an assortment of dishes from the dining room (est. $200/300); a brass tabletop lamp displaying The Brown Derby’s logo (est. $200/300) and a brick salvaged from the original 1926 structure before it was razed (est. $50/75).

The lot's preview begins Dec. 19. More details over at Eater LA.

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