Wednesday 13 November 2019

Revealing Garbo's mystique

Laura Butler

An exhibition of over 100 artefacts belonging to screen icon Greta Garbo will give a rare insight into the private and public life of the movie star.

'Property from the Estate of Greta Garbo' launched at the Newbridge Silverware Museum of Style Icons in Kildare yesterday and up to 5,000 people are expected to visit in its opening weekend.

The collection includes clothing, accessories, furnishings and other previously unavailable property. Dresses from the exhibition are modelled left by Adrienne Murphy and Hannah Devene.

Martin Nolan, executive director of Julien's Auctions in Los Angeles, began work on the project 18 months ago after an approach from Garbo's family.

"This exhibit reveals the mystique and mysteriousness of Garbo," Nolan told the Irish Independent.

"She wanted everyone to remember her as she was in her 30s and to always preserve that look. She didn't want us to know her as she was ageing.

"Her family speak of her as a very fun character, they talk of her doing somersaults on the lawn in her 60s. This exhibit offers a look at that side of her."

Among the items is a first-edition Louis Vuitton trunk worth up to €5,000, in which the actress carried some of her vast shoe collection.

Irish Independent

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