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TCM Classic Film Festival and Bonhams Present Passholder Exclusive Appraisal Sessions

Press Release   •   Mar 12, 2012 09:04 GMT

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and Bonhams, auctioneers and appraisers, have teamed up to present passholder exclusive events at the 2012 TCM Classic Film Festival.  Bonhams’ roster of experts in classic Hollywood memorabilia will be present at the film festival to provide festival passholders free appraisals of their classic movie memorabilia. Through these clinics, Bonhams’ experts have discovered many important items that have gone on to bring record prices at auction. 
The Bonhams event will take place on Sunday, April 15, at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Appraisal slots, with a two item maximum, are limited and appointments are required.  Passholders interested in having their memorabilia appraised can get more details at, by emailing or by calling (415) 503-3287.
In addition to complimentary appraisals, Bonhams will also be hosting an early preview of highlights from its Entertainment Memorabilia auction in June.  Works on view at Club TCM for event passholders will include select pieces from The Gaston Collection of original movie poster and lobby art.  Created by three brothers, who ran a commercial art business out of a studio located in the basement of the Fox Theater in Long Beach, CA, this collection is comprised of approximately 80 original works of art and portrays such timeless stars as Fred Astaire, Charlie Chaplin, Claudette Colbert, Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Marlene Dietrich, Errol Flynn, Katharine Hepburn, William Powell, Ginger Rogers, Spencer Tracy and Mae West, among others.  For further details please visit
Passes and more information about the 2012 TCM Classic Film Festival are available through the official festival website: For all the latest news and comments, follow @TCMfilmfest on Twitter or search for hashtag #TCMFF.
About the TCM Classic Film Festival
Each April, Hollywood rolls out the red carpet to welcome thousands of movie lovers, filmmakers and legendary stars from around the globe for the TCM Classic Film Festival. Marking its third year, the TCM Classic Film Festival is the place to experience classic movies as they were meant to be seen: on the big screen, in some of the world's most iconic venues, with the people who made them. The four-day festival, which takes place Thursday, April 12 – Sunday, April 15, features a wide range of screenings, events and appearances starting early in the morning and going into the late evening.
TCM host and film historian Robert Osborne will serve as official host of the TCM Classic Film Festival, with TCM weekend daytime host Ben Mankiewicz also introducing several events. Among the highlights of this year's TCM Classic Film Festival: a gala opening-night screening of the newly restored Cabaret (1972), with a live appearance by OscarÒ winners Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey*; a multi-tiered celebration of Kim Novak, including the taping of a TCM special, a hand and footprints ceremony at Grauman's Chinese Theater and a screening of the Alfred Hitchcock classic Vertigo (1958); live appearances by Debbie Reynolds at anniversary screenings of the newly restored Singin' in the Rain (1952) and the western epic How the West Was Won (1962), the latter presented in all its Cinerama glory; a multi-tiered look at Style in the Movies; a salute to Paramount, featuring an appearance by Oscar-winning producer Robert Evans; the U.S. premiere of the documentary Baby Peggy: The Elephant in the Room (2010), with live appearances by "Baby Peggy" Diana Serra Cary and filmmaker Vera Iwerebor; newly restored editions of such landmark films as Wings (1927), Casablanca (1942) and Grand Illusion (1952); and much more

The third-annual TCM Classic Film Festival is produced by TCM. Since launching in spring 2010, the TCM Classic Film Festival has quickly established itself as a destination event for film lovers, drawing more than 25,000 attendees from around the country and around the globe in 2011. Festival passes are on sale now at
The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, which has a longstanding role in movie history and was the site of the first Oscars ceremony, will serve as the official hotel for the festival, as well as home to Club TCM, a central gathering point for passholders. Screenings and events will be held at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, Chinese 6 Theatres, the Egyptian Theatre and, for the first time this year, Arclight Cinema's Cinerama Dome and The Avalon.
* Schedule permitting
About Bonhams
Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The present company was formed by the merger in November 2001 of Bonhams & Brooks and Phillips Son & Neale. In August 2002, the company acquired Butterfields, the principal firm of auctioneers on the West Coast of America. Today, Bonhams offers more sales than any of its rivals, through two major salerooms in London: New Bond Street and Knightsbridge; and a further three in the UK regions and Scotland. Sales are also held in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Carmel, New York and Connecticut in the USA; and Germany, France, Monaco, Hong Kong and Australia. Bonhams has a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 25 countries offering sales advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full listing of upcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments go to

About TCM
Turner Classic Movies is a Peabody Award‑winning network that presents great films, uncut and commercial‑free, from the largest film libraries in the world. Currently seen in more than 86 million homes, TCM features the insights of veteran primetime host Robert Osborne and weekend daytime host Ben Mankiewicz, plus interviews with a wide range of special guests. As the foremost authority in classic films, TCM offers critically acclaimed original documentaries and specials, along with regular programming events that include The Essentials, 31 Days of OscarÒ and Summer Under the Stars. TCM also stages special events and screenings, such as the TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood and the TCM Classic Cruise; produces a wide range of media about classic film, including books and DVDs; and hosts a wealth of materials on its website, TCM is part of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company.
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news; entertainment; animation and young adult; and sports media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.


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