On June 14, Bonhams & Butterfield will auction off part of the estate of Estelle Getty, who died last July just three days before her 85th birthday. Items up for grabs include two awards she nabbed as the feisty, wise-cracking Sophia on "The Golden Girls" (1985-92). She was nominated seven times in the supporting race at the Emmys, winning in 1988 over Jackee Harry ("227"), Rhea Perlman ("Cheers"), Julia Duffy ("Newhart") Katherine Helmond ("Who's the Boss?").
At the Golden Globes in 1986, Getty was nominated in the lead acting race against three "Golden Girls" costars — Beatrice Arthur, Rue McClanahan and Betty White — plus Cybill Shepherd ("Moonlighting"). She tied for the win with Shepherd.
The auction will also sell the straw purse (sale estimate $1,000-$1,200) and eyeglasses ($400-$600) she wore while starring on the TV series.
At the same auction, Bonhams will also sell the Tony Award won by Gertrude Berg as best actress of 1959 for starring in "A Majority of One." The full auction catalog will be posted on line soon at this link.
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