Auctioning off the late author Gore Vidal’s Hollywood Hills estate

By Lisa Boone

Los Angeles Times

There was intense curiosity in literary and design circles alike when the Outpost Estates villa of noted author Gore Vidal hit the market last year in the Hollywood Hills, following his death in 2012.

For Vidal was not just a prolific writer but an avid collector.

On Sunday, hundreds of items from Vidal’s estate will be auctioned at Abell Auction Co. including artworks, furnishings and his personal library.

Items will range in price from about $400 to $12,000 and will include a pair of Italian Baroque painted and parcel gilt torchieres, a Victorian walnut partner’s desk, a collection of Old Master paintings and drawings and a Continental neoclassical style conversations seat .

A preview will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Sept. 14 to 17 at the Abell gallery, 2613 Yates Ave., Los Angeles. The live and online sale will start at 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 18.  For more information, call (323) 724-8102 or visit, where a complete catalog will be posted.

Update: An earlier version of this article credited several items to Gore Vidal’s estate. While the items will be included in Abell’s quarterly fine art auction, they are not from the Vidal estate, but from other sources.

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