November 6 2019

Julien's Auctions Announces Property from the Estate of Doris Day

Julien's Auctions

All Proceeds of the Auction to Benefit The Doris Day Animal Foundation

A Celebration of the Hollywood Legend and Legendary Pop Singer Featuring Her Film Costumes, Cars, Furniture, Memorabilia, Awards and More to Take Place Day After What Would Have Been Her 98th Birthday

European and U.S. Public Exhibitions to View Collection Also Announced

Los Angeles, California –  Julien’s Auctions, the world-record breaking auction house, has announced Property From the Estate of Doris Day their exclusive auction event celebrating the life and career of the legendary American actress, singer, animal rights pioneer and one of the top female box office stars of all time, Doris Day, will take place a day after what would have been her 98th birthday Saturday, April 4, and Sunday April 5, 2020, at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills and live online at It was also announced today that all proceeds of the auction will benefit The Doris Day Animal Foundation, the Hollywood icon’s charity founded in 1978 that funds nonprofit causes that need assistance in their work, caring for and protecting animals.

On offer is an exclusive collection of her most iconic costumes, awards and memorabilia from her films and television show and specials, furnishings and household items from her beloved home in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California as well as her most personal items, never before seen at auction that offer a glimpse into the fascinating public and private life of Day including gifts from Rock Hudson, her classic 1930 Ford convertible, seen in the opening credits of her Best Friends TV show, and many of her awards.

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio as Doris Mary Anne Kappelhoff on April 3, 1922, Day began her career as a dancer then later as a singer on the big band circuit singing with Les Brown & His Band of Renown and recording their No. 1 hits in 1945, “Sentimental Journey” and “My Dreams are Getting Better All the Time.” Soon after embarking on a singing solo career, Hollywood came calling and offered her first film role in Romance on the High Seas (Warner Bros., 1948) which produced her No. 2 hit as a soloist “It’s Magic.” Shortly after, her duet with Buddy Clark “Someone Like You’ became her first No. 1 as a solo star which was featured in the 1949 film My Dream is Yours. From 1948 to the late 1950s, Day had 30 Top-20 singles, including the No. 1 hits “Love Somebody” and “A Guy Is a Guy,” and recorded almost 30 albums. In 1950, U.S. servicemen in Korea voted her their favorite star.

Day starred in several hit films for Warner Brothers that displayed her singing and comedic talents, Tea for Two (1958), On Moonlight Bay (1951), By the Light of the Silvery Moon (1953), Young at Heart (1954) opposite Frank Sinatra, Teacher’s Pet (1958) opposite Clark Gable as well as the western themed musical, Calamity Jane (1953) which her song recorded for the film “Secret Love” won the Academy Award for Best Original Song that year and became her fourth No. 1 hit single. During the decade, Day had her own radio program The Doris Day Show and albums from six of her movie musicals charted in the Top 10, three of them at No. 1.

In the latter half of 1950s, Day’s success on the silver screen and music charts reached even greater heights as she took on more dramatic acting roles as singer Ruth Etting opposite James Cagney in the film Love Me or Leave Me (MGM 1955) which Day considered to be her best film performance and which the film’s soundtrack went to No. 1. The following year, Day would star in her breakthrough dramatic role as Josephine Conway McKenna in Alfred Hitchcock’s classic thriller The Man Who Knew Too Much opposite James Stewart and became her tenth film to be in the Top 10 at the box office. In the film, she sang two songs “We’ll Love Again” and what would become the song most synonymous with Day, “Que Será, Será (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)” which won the Academy Award for Best Original Song. She would return to her musical comedy roots in the 1957 film The Pajama Game with John Raitt and would achieve even greater box office success in a slew of romantic comedies from 1959 to 1968, beginning with her film Pillow Talk starring opposite Rock Hudson with Tony Randall. The film won an Oscar for Best Screenplay and an Oscar nomination for Day for Best Actress and from then on, Day became an even bigger household name with her roles playing working women in postwar America.

Day and Hudson went on to become one of Hollywood’s most iconic film duos of all time and would star together in two other hit romantic comedies, Lover Come Back (Universal Pictures, 1961) and Send Me No Flowers (Universal Pictures, 1964). Their on-screen chemistry continued off screen in their lifelong friendship and the incredible bond they shared throughout their lives and up until Hudson’s death from AIDS in 1985. Day helped open the door to tolerance and understanding of the disease by publicly demonstrating her support and empathy for Hudson who became the first celebrity to announce that he had AIDS.

From 1968 to 1973, Doris Day starred in her own successful television show on CBS, The Doris Day Show and as well as two television specials, The Doris Mary Anne Kappelhoff Special (1971) and Doris Day Today (1975). She devoted her life to her passion and advocacy of animal rights and welfare activism and helped found the Actors and Others for Animals, an organization that rescues stray and mistreated animals and later founded The Doris Day Animal Foundation and the Washington-based Doris Day Animal League. After her retirement from acting, Day lived in Carmel-by-the-Sea in California where she also co-owned a hotel called the Cypress Inn, considered one of the most pet friendly  hotels in the U.S.

Day received many distinguished honors including the Cecil B. DeMille Award for Lifetime Achievement at the Golden Globes in 1989, the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004 and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association’s Career Achievement Award in 2012. She recorded more than 650 songs from 1947 to 1967 and her songs “Sentimental Journey” and “Que Será, Será (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)” were both inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. On May 13, 2019, Doris Day died at the age of 97.

"Doris Day was a Hollywood giant as 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,” said Martin Nolan, Executive Director of Julien’s Auctions. “On this special occasion of what would be Doris Day’s 98th birthday celebration, we are honored 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.”  

Special exhibitions in Europe and the U.S. for the public to view highlighted items prior to the auction will be held at The Museum of Style Icons in Newbridge, Ireland from November 26, 2019 to February 3, 2020 and at Julien’s Auctions Gallery in Beverly Hills March 30 to April 4, 2020.

JULIEN’S AUCTIONS Public Exhibitions

The Museum of Style Icons

Athgarvan Road, Newbridge,
Co. Kildare, Ireland
W12 HT62

Exhibition November 26, 2019-February 3, 2020

Tickets & Information:


Julien’s Auctions

257 N. Canon Drive

Beverly Hills, CA 90210



Monday, March 30-Sunday, April 5, 2020

11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Pacific Time

Free to the Public


property from the estate of doris day

Saturday, April 4, 2020

  Session I: (Lots 1-289) 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time

  Session II: (Lots 290-558) 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time

Sunday, April 5, 2020

  Session III: (Lots 559-858) 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time

  Session IV: (Lots 859-1089) 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time

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