Lucie Arnaz auctions Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz family heirlooms
Not that there was really any doubt, but Lucie Arnaz is still getting visible proof of how many people still love her parents.
"I Love Lucy" - the iconic 1950s sitcom that starred Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz -- continues in weekday repeats on Me-TV, and CBS' "I Love Lucy Christmas Special" will combine two newly colorized episodes of the show Friday, Dec. 20. Thanks to an online sale Arnaz is conducting this week, before she and her family relocate from the East Coast to California, fans also can own some of her mom and dad's history.
"I had already done this with a lot of their stuff a couple of years ago," she tells Zap2it. "You go, 'I found another box! What's in this?' I went through the hope chest that was up in our closet and thought, 'Oh! I forgot I saved this.' The hatbox that some of the stuff was in went for $350! I'm amazed, but it's adorable."
As the auction continues at www.lucydesisale.com, the level of interest and bidding staggers Arnaz: "My mother was one of the last people to actually wear bed jackets. It was a thing of the '40s and '50s, where a woman would put a jacket around her shoulders while she was sitting in bed because it was a little chilly, and she'd have breakfast or drink coffee for whatever.
"I found in perfect condition this little baby-blue, crushed-velvet-ribboned bed jacket of my mother's, which I'd apparently saved and put in the hatbox ... along with the wedding gloves she wore when she married my father in the church, and a couple of other items. I showed them to my daugther and she said, 'You know, Mom, I don't think I'll wear those.' No big deal."
Instead, Arnaz and her actor husband Laurence Luckinbill (Sybok in the 1989 movie "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier") put them in the auction. The results? "The bed jacket just sold for $8100," Arnaz reports. "I mean, really? And a patio table with four little chairs that was at my mother's house for years, and has been in my possession for 30 years, sold for $2600."
Arnaz has two PBS appearances coming up. She helps celebrate Carol Burnett's receipt of the Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize in a special Sunday, Nov. 24. She's also among those recalling composer Marvin Hamlisch -- whose "They're Playing Our Song" marked Arnaz's Broadway debut -- in a new "American Masters" program Friday, Dec. 27.
"She was a dear, good friend of Mom's," Arnaz says of saluting Burnett at the Twain taping last month. "Obviously, I realized I was there representing my mother, since I introduced a clip of them together. They were so close.
"I've known Carol all my life, and my memories of her were what I talked about. It turned out to be really poignant and fun, I think, and I was really happy I was able to be there and thank her for her support to me all these years."
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