Doris Day auction: More than 800 of Calamity Jane star’s belongings up for sale

 Doris, who died in May at the age of 97, was one of the world’s best-loved movie stars  All proceeds from the two-day auction – which was announced yesterday – will go to the actress’s own charity, The Doris Day Animal Foundation  Some of the US star’s most iconic costumes and memorabilia from her films and ­television shows are among the items set to go under the hammer in April   A classic 1930 Ford convertible seen in the opening credits of Best Friends is expected to fetch up to £16,000, while auctioneers hope her four Golden Globe awards will sell for around £5,000 each   There will also be furnishings and household items from Doris’s beloved California home in Carmel-by-the-Sea, as well as an array of her furniture and paintings   Organisers say the auction – which is due to take place the day after what would have been the actress’s 98th birthday – will provide a never-before-seen glimpse into her fascinating public and private life    Martin Nolan, executive director of Julien’s Auctions, which is organising the sale, said: “Doris Day was a Hollywood giant   “She was one of the screen’s legendary leading actresses, top box office stars and one of the greatest singers of the 20th century with the likes of Frank Sinatra and Judy Garland   “On what would be Doris Day’s 98th birthday celebration, we are honoured to announce that 100 percent of the proceeds of the sale will benefit her charity, The Doris Day Animal Foundation, to which she devoted her life’s work as an animal rights activist ”   Doris was one of the top box office draws of the 20th century but she was also renowned for her powerful voice and enjoyed four No1 hits during her career including Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be) in 1956   After starting out as a dancer, Doris then became a singer on the big band circuit   She went on to star in numerous hit films which displayed her singing and comedic talents, including Tea for Two (1950), Young At Heart (1955) opposite Frank Sinatra, Teacher’s Pet (1958) opposite Clark Gable and Move Over, Darling (1963) Her most famous role was in the Western-themed Calamity Jane (1953) which saw her song Secret Love win the Academy Award for Best Original Song that year   During the same decade, she had her own radio programme, The Doris Day Show and albums from six of her movie musicals charted in the Top 10 – three of them at No1   The auction will be held on April 4 and 5 next year at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills and live online at juliensauctions com. 

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