Though this has all the feel and glitz of costume jewelry, this jaw-dropping piece actually appeared as a daily part of Carroll’s ensembles. The ring originally came with just the diamond, but Carroll had the pearl added later to up that “wow” factor. This stunning “toi et moi” ring features a cut-cornered, 6.03 carat square modified brilliant and a 13.23 x 13.27mm pearl mounted in platinum. The band is 18k white gold.
“JULIA” PILOT SCRIPT
PRICE: $3,000 – 5000
Though Carroll garnered many credits and awards during her lifetime, she’s probably best known for the eponymous role of Julia Baker in the late 1960s sitcom “Julia.” Carroll’s copy of a working pilot script for “Julia” is embellished with her notes, highlights and amendments and is protected in a custom, red leather-bound binder.
Surprisingly, Carroll was initially hesitant to accept the leading role in “Julia” because she didn’t want to move to Los Angeles, but ended up seeing the importance of playing a single black, working-class mother on television. Carroll later said, “I was proud of it. We were breaking down walls, and it was very exciting to be a part of that.”
Perhaps one of the most eye-catching pieces up for auction is Carroll’s old Steinway ebonized baby grand piano. It’s easy to imagine the diva herself singing away at the keys.
Carroll most certainly had a taste for the finer things in life and, apparently, a secret love for astrology. Created during an era when Tiffany and Co. actually created truly unique pieces, this one-of-a-kind pendant features a relief carving of a crab surrounded by diamonds with the zodiac sign for cancer carved on the verso. The medallion is made out of 18k gold.
In addition to Carroll’s collection of Bob Mackie dresses, this black and cream chiffon number, featured in publicity photos for “Dynasty” that promoted her role on the show as the sultry Dominique Deveraux, will also be up for sale. The evening gown has front button closure down to the hips and features a large front slit.