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Diahann Carroll was an actress and singer cast in some of the earliest Hollywood studio films to prominently feature black actors.
Los Angeles—Bonhams recently honored one black entertainer who broke Hollywood racial boundaries during her expansive career.
Diahann Carroll was an actress and singer cast in some of the earliest Hollywood studio films to prominently feature black actors, Bonhams explained.
Highlights of her career included a starring role on "Julia," beginning in 1968. It was the first time a black entertainer starred in a television series as a character other than a domestic worker and it earned Carroll a Golden Globe Award.
She was also the first black actress to win a Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical. Among her other film and television roles was a stint on the iconic 1980s soap opera "Dynasty."
Carroll died of breast cancer last year in Los Angeles at the age of 84.
First diagnosed in 1993, she worked to raise awareness of the disease and was a founding member of the Celebrity Action Council, a volunteer organization serving the Los Angeles Mission’s women’s outreach.
Bonhams facilitated Carroll’s estate sale on March 10, which sold 94 percent by lot and 97 percent by value, for a total of $396,176.
The sale’s highlight was a diamond and cultured pearl “toi et moi” ring, which fetched $56,325, falling within its pre-sale estimate.
Other jewelry highlights were a Tiffany & Co. gold zodiac medallion, circa 1970, which sold for $21,325, well above its $5,000-$7,000 prediction, and a ruby and diamond brooch, estimated to garner between $10,000 and $12,000, that ended up selling for $9,450.
In total, the sale featured 155 lots of memorabilia items, furniture, personal items, photos, clothing, handbags and jewelry.
“This sale truly surpassed our expectations, which offered a glimpse into her iconic lifestyle,” Emily Waterfall, Bonhams Los Angeles head of jewelry, said in a press release.
“The incredible enthusiasm and excitement with which her collection was received is a testament to the lasting legacy of the beloved Diahann Carroll.”
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