My Collection: Brett Ratner Is Selling His Stuff
A Richard Avedon portrait of Marilyn Monroe taken in New York in 1957. A newspaper front page made for the 1987 Coen brothers kidnapping caper “Raising Arizona,” complete with the headline “Where Is Nathan Jr.?” And a clapboard from the “X-Men” set.
These are among the roughly 100 items from the collection of the producer and director Brett Ratner that are up for auction beginning Nov. 21 through the online auction house Paddle8.
“I call myself a high-end hoarder,” said Mr. Ratner, who estimated that he has 15,000 pieces of Hollywood memorabilia. “I have warehouses filled with this stuff.”
Mr. Ratner got the bug before he struck it big as the director of the “Rush Hour” franchise, which has earned $849 million at the global box office. He has continued to collect as he has become a producer whose latest projects include a pair of documentaries: the Leonardo DiCaprio global warming movie “Before the Flood” and “Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds.”
Even Mr. Ratner’s Beverly Hills home, previously owned by the “Grease” producer Allan Carr, is its own piece of movie memorabilia. It came with a basement disco where John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John and other stars danced the nights away.
One of Mr. Ratner’s favorite objects set aside for the auction is a portrait of the photographer Helmut Newton and the producer and film executive Robert Evans taken by Mr. Ratner at the Palm on the night before Mr. Newton’s death.
Another item up for grabs is a pair of Mr. Evans’s Oliver Peoples sunglasses.
But Mr. Ratner is holding on to the sterling silver boxing gloves that Martin Scorsese gave as a gift upon the wrap of his 1980 film “Raging Bull.” Ditto a necklace that belonged to Sammy Davis Jr.
“I’ve never auctioned anything before,” Mr. Ratner said. “You have no idea how grueling it was, deciding on stuff to part with.”
Why go through with it, then?
“This is really to benefit the Museum of Tolerance and the Simon Wiesenthal Center,” Mr. Ratner said, referring to the Jewish human rights organization founded in 1977. “I’m on the board, and they do great work.”
He’ll hardly be left empty-handed afterward. “It’s not even 1 percent of my collection,” he said. “And it’s an excuse to have a great party.”
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