Auction house Sotheby’s has announced it will sell Hollywood icon Vivien Leigh’s personal belongings including her £2.6million Wiltshire home, a £15,000 mirror and the actress’ own signed copy of Gone with the Wind.
To mark the sale, the auction house has released never-seen-before footage from home videos of Leigh with her one-time husband Laurence Olivier.
The cinematic legends can be seen frolicking by the pool and playing with their pet dog during the footage, which offers a rare insight into one of the most talked about marriages in Hollywood history.
Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier had one of the most talked about marriages in Hollywood but went their separate ways after 20 years of marriage in 1960
A fine romance: The pair are seen gaily embracing in the footage, which offers an insight into their marriage, which began after they both left their previous partners
The rare footage, released to announce the sale of Leigh’s private belongings by Sotheby’s, shows Olivier and Leigh enjoying a day in the sunshine, with Olivier in his swimwear
A love affair worthy of a Hollywood movie: the home footage shows the couple relaxing in the grounds of their luxury homes. Right: Olivier goes for a dip in the couple’s pool
The couple went their separate ways in 1960 but had captured the imagination of millions with their romance
Leigh, who was born in Darjeeling in 1913, was originally married to Herbert Leigh Holman before she fell for Olivier’s charms
Home life: the clips show Leigh smartly dressed but happy to play with her King Charles Spaniel, who dined with his very own bib
Leigh and Oliver were wed in 1940 after a whirlwind love affair that saw them both leaving their respctive marriages.
Their own union lasted for twenty years but came to an end in 1960, just seven years before Leigh died of TB aged just 53.
The Sotheby’s sale, to be held on September 26th, will include items given to the pair on their wedding day, including a goblet gifted from Katharine Hepburn, who was one of only four guests at the union, which took place at the San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara.
The silver cup is expected to fetch between £8,000 to £12,000.
Manor Farm House, Leigh’s beloved Wiltshire home, is being sold by her grandchildren for a coll £2.6million
The Hollywood star’s personal belongings and her home in Wiltshire are expected to make more than £3million when they go under Sotheby’s hammer next month
A goblet (right) gifted to Leigh and Olivier by Katharine Hepburn their wedding has a guide price of £8,000 to £12,000 while a pair of Gucci high ball glasses will go on sale for £200 to £300
Gone with the Wind author Margaret Mitchell signed Leigh’s copy of her book, which is included in the September 26th sale
Jewels: A large mid 19th-century diamond bow brooch is among Leigh’s personal jewellery
A gold ring engraved with the words ‘Laurence Olivier Vivien Eternally’ dating back to the 1940s has a price tag of £400 to £600
Leigh shot by celebrated photographer Cecil Beaton at the British Embassy in Paris in 1947
For those with deep pockets, Leigh’s beloved home, in the Wiltshire village of Zeals, is the headline buy.
Manor Farm House, currently owned by Leigh’s grandchildren, includes ‘a six to seven bedroom manor house set around a courtyard of beautiful Medieval stone barns’ and will go on sale for £2.6million.
Elsewhere in the collection, there are show-stealers galore including The Notley Mirror, an 18th-century carved giltwood mirror with a guide price of around £10,000 to £15,000.
For fans of Leigh’s most famous role, as Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind in the 1939 classic, there’s the actress’ own personal copy of the book, signed by its author Margaret Mitchell.
In the pink: A beautiful pink full length evening dress by designer Victor Stiebel is amongst the items going under the hammer
Artwork: Leigh’s own artistic efforts are also included along with her palette, paints and paintbrushes. Right: A work by Winston Churchill, owned by Leigh, that comes with a £100,000 price tag
British star David Niven’s signed snap of him jumping into a pool is on sale for £300 to £500
Leigh’s 1953 appointment diary details a trip to Ceylon and her nervous breakdown in March of that year – the book is expected to fetch £1,000 to £1,500