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Vivien Leigh's personal items sell for more than £2m

By Catherine Wylie

Items from film star Vivien Leigh's personal collection have sold at auction for more than £2.2 million. A painting by Sir Winston Churchill given to Leigh sold for £638,750 - nine times the pre-sale estimate, Sotheby's said.

Over the course of four days, some 4,000 people flocked to Sotheby's to view paintings, furnishings, jewellery, couture, silver, books and other items celebrating all aspects of Leigh's life.

More than 1,400 participants from 52 countries drove the auction total to £2,243,867 - more than five times the pre-sale estimate, the auctioneer said.

The painting by Sir Winston, a still-life of roses, was a present to the Gone With The Wind star.

Study of Roses was sent to Leigh shortly after her visit to Chartwell, Churchill's country home, in August 1951, and it hung in her bedroom for the rest of her life, according to Sotheby's.

Leigh's personal copy of Gone With The Wind went for £50,000, while her appointment diary, containing entries linked to the famous film, went for £15,000.

The wig worn by Leigh as Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire, inscribed with her name, sold for £7,500, while a charm bracelet owned by the star went for £33,750.

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