Hooray for Hollywood! and hooray for LGBT history! The two collide on Sunday, February 19, when the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum of LGBT History presents “Hollywood & DeVine Broadway Lights, & Television Sets Auction and Sale.” (Say that three times fast.)
Up for auction will be a stunning collection of Hollywood memorabilia, much of it left to the archive by the late Larry Lingle, who for years owned the Lobo Bookstore on Westheimer. Included in the auction are a rare collection of posters advertising the musical Mame with Judy Garland (Judy never stared in Mame, the posters were mock-ups made when the gay-icon was being considered for the titular role), sheet music, vinyl records, art, photographs, Star Trek memorabilia and more.
On display during the auction will be the historic bar tops from Mary’s Naturally, the iconic Westheimer gay bar that closed in 2009. GCAM is currently working to restore the bar tops. This will be the public’s first opportunity to view the effort.
Judy Reeves, who is curating the auction (and donated the Star Trek memorabilia), told OutSmart Magaine that the auction is needed to provide more space for GCAM’s collection and to raise funds for on-going expenses. “We are planning to give that project some priority with some of these funds. There is always the ongoing—the supplies for hanging exhibits, those frames and nails, etc. It can add up. It gets expensive after a while.”
“Hollywood & DeVine Broadway Lights, & Television Sets Auction and Sale” takes the stage at 2 pm this Sunday at the GLBT Cultural Center (401 Branard).