Actress Joan Fontaine's property to be auctioned

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Actress Joan Fontaine's property to be auctioned
Actress Joan Fontaine as she appears in the 20th Century Fox film 'Tender Is The Night'. Pierre Balmain designed her outfit.
Joan Fontaine publicity portrait for the film 'Darling, How Could You!', 1951. (Photo by Paramount/Getty Images)
circa 1939: Joan Fontaine (1917 - ), the British born actress, and sister of Olivia De Havilland. She is wearing a hyacinth blue crepe afternoon dress. (Photo by General Photographic Agency/Getty Images)
circa 1930: An exterior shot of Joan Fontaine's house in Hollywood. Joan is signed to RKO. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
circa 1930: Joan Fontaine's kitchen in her home in Hollywood which is entirely fitted with electrical equipment. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
3rd November 1978: British-born actress Joan Fontaine signs copies of her autobiography 'No Bed Of Roses' at Liberty's book shop in Regent Street, London. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
Czech born film composer and conductor Erich Korngolf (1897 -1957) points at something over his shoulder as American actor Joan Fontaine stands next him smiling with the canal visible behind them, Venice, Italy, circa 1950. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
circa 1940: British actress Olivia de Havilland in a restaurant with her sister Joan Fontaine (right) and American actress Margaret Lindsay. (Photo by General Photographic Agency/Getty Images)
circa 1933: Joan Fontaine, the Hollywood actress, part of the RKO stable, taking an order from John Boal and Phil Huston. (Photo by General Photographic Agency/Getty Images)
circa 1930: Joan Fontaine, the RKO Radio star, who appeared in 'Gunga Din' with Douglas Fairbanks Jnr and Cary Grant, being photgraphed by photographer Fred Hendrickson. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Hollywood actress Joan Fontaine at London Airport after flying in from New York by BOAC liner. She is on her way to Rotterdam to take part - as a crew member - in an international balloon race.
British American actress Joan Fontaine.
Actress Joan Fontaine, who is now starring in MGM's 'Until They Sail', likes to wear comfortable casual clothing around the house. She is seen here in mustard velveteen trousers teamed teamed with a white Italian silk blouse having hand-wrought gold buttons. A leopard belt and black espadrilles complete the costume.

NEW YORK (AP) - Items from the California home of Academy Award-winning actress Joan Fontaine, including her 1941 Oscar for best actress, are heading for the auction block.

The 104 lots of fine art, silver, lighting, furniture and jewelry are scheduled to be spread over four auctions and could realize more than $1 million, Christies said Tuesday.

Her Oscar for her role as the timid wife in Alfred Hitchcock's "Suspicion" opposite Cary Grant could bring $200,000 to $300,000 on Dec. 11.

The actress died last December in her home in Carmel, California, at age 96.

The entire proceeds will benefit the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Monterey, California, the auction house said. Fontaine was a big supporter of the SPCA, adopting three of her dogs- Kita, Fang IV and Samantha - from the organization.

Fontaine appeared in more than 30 movies. She gained stardom in 1940 in Hitchcock's "Rebecca," which won the Academy Award for best picture and earned Fontaine the first of her three Oscar nominations.

Three of the auctions will be held in New York between November and January.

Among other highlights is a 1935 painting by Marc Chagall, "Vase of Flowers in the Window," which could bring $400,000 to $600,000 on Nov. 6.

A set of turquoise and cultured pearl "twist" jewelry by Van Cleef & Arpels will be offered in a Jan. 13 sale for an estimated $4,000 to $6,000.

A single painting from her home, "Chrysanthemums in a Vase" by Lin Fengmian, will be offered in November at Christie's Hong Kong sale of Chinese modern paintings. It has a pre-sale estimate of up to $250,000.

Fontaine, who also made New York her home for 25 years, was the sister of another Hollywood legend, Olivia de Havilland.

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