A clown’s artifacts live on: Jerry Lewis


Our friends at Julien’s Auctions will auction more property from the Estate of Jerry Lewis now through July 9. The on-line auction includes over 300 lots of personal and career memorabilia ranging from awards, clothes, art, movie ephemera and much more.

Collectors will have the opportunity to bid on a wide range of items including Mr. Lewis’s Cartier, Baume & Mercier, Seiko and Mathey-Tissot watches; personal notes to Jerry Lewis by a host of celebrities including Martin Scorsese, Stephen Spielberg and Dick Clark; his collection of LLadro and porcelain clown figures; books, watches, rings and cuff-links collection; baseballs, camera equipment and personal golf items.


A first-round auction June 22 at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas fetched better than expected returns. Of the auction’s top conversation pieces, the 18-karat gold Patek Philippe given to Lewis by Sammy Davis, Jr. engraved on the back “To Jerry From Sammy Jr.” sold for $35,200 (estimate $6,000-$8,000). 

A 14-karat yellow gold Le Coultre watch given to Lewis by Dean Martin and inscribed “Jerry My Buddy/ and Pal/ I Love You/ Dino,” sold for $37,500 (the estimate was $4,000-6,000).

The tweed burgundy suit worn by Lewis in “The Nutty Professor” went for $12,800 (estimate $2,000 -$4,000). And, a letter from Stan Laurel to Lewis from April 30, 1960, original valued at $300-$500, went for $6,400.

Estate of Jerry Lewis on-line auction | now thru July 9

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