Jerry Lewis items sell for more than expected at estate auction

Jerry Lewis in an undated photo. (Georges Biard)

Property from the estate of late comedian Jerry Lewis sold for much more than expected at an auction.

Julien’s Auctions held its highly anticipated auction honoring the late “King of Comedy" on Friday at Planet Hollywood.

Some of the watches sold for five to 10 times more than expected, according to a news release from Juliens Auctions.

His 18-carat yellow gold “Cartier London” oval maxi variation watch from Cartier’s Baignoire collection sold for $51,200, double its starting estimate of $25,000.

A 14-carat yellow gold Le Coultre watch given to him by Dean Martin and inscribed "Jerry My Buddy/ and Pal/ I Love You/ Dino,” sold for $37,5000 well over its estimate of $4,000-6,000.

An 18-carat yellow gold Patek Philippe given to him by Sammy Davis, Jr. engraved on the back "To Jerry From Sammy Jr.” that sold for an astounding $35,200, well over its estimate of $6,000-$8,000.

Other highlights included a French Legion of Honor medal presented to Lewis by French Minister of Culture Jack Lang in 1984 sold for an astounding $25,000, well over its original estimate of $1,500-$3,000.

A 14-carat yellow gold money clip gifted to Lewis by Lou Costello in 1953 sold for $10,240.

A custom-made tweed burgundy suit worn by Lewis as Professor Julius Kelp in "The Nutty Professor" (Paramount, 1963) sold for $12,800, more than six times its estimate of $2,000-$4,000, and his collection of custom funny teeth (estimate: $2,000-$4,000) in a custom-built box that features Lewis’ face in relief as "The Nutty Professor" sold for $12,800.

Lewis’ clown costume worn in "The Day the Clown Cried" (Wachsberger, 1972) and Hardly Working (20th Century, 1980) sold for $8,960 (estimate; $2,000-$4,000).

A Lewis owned John Rigby shotgun sold for $10,240.

Several sets of Lewis’ vintage Louis Vuitton monogrammed coated canvas hardcase trunks sold from $10,000 to $19,200, while a letter from Stan Laurel to Lewis, dated April 30, 1960, and signed by Laurel sold for $6,400, well over its estimate of $300-$500.

A trio of Lewis’ Nevada state driver licenses sold for $3,520, nearly six times the estimate of $600-$800.

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