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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

More Celebrity Majolica: Osbourne, Streisand, Wood, and Hope

In the past we've shown majolica from the collections of Greta Garbo, Whoopie Goldberg and Bernard Madoff. Well, we've come across a few more from celebrity auction site Julien's Auction house to share with you.

The first is a group of majolica and non majolica wall pockets from the estate of Ozzie and Sharon Osbourne.

The next is a Bretby jardiniere and pedestal from former Jeff Beck/ Faces/ Rolling Stone guitarist Ronnie Wood.

Here is a French piece from the estate of Barbra Streisand.

Finally we have a set of contemporary majolica serving pieces from the estate of Bob Hope. Of all the celebrity majolica collections this was the largest with a group of 120 pieces.

I'm always fascinated by the objects owned by celebrities. These people have unlimited resources and can afford anything they want. What attracted them to the pieces shown? There's no way of ever knowing but it does offer us a tiny window into the lives --and the taste-- of the rich and famous.

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