Carole's Will & Estate Auction

Carole Landis At Her Vanity

According to Carole's will she wanted all of her possessions to be given to her mother Clara Ridste. She had written her will in 1944 when she was married to Tommy Wallace. Unfortunately Carole had a lot of debts when she died and her creditors wanted to be paid. Her estranged husband Horace Schmidlapp also demanded that he get a large part of the estate. When Carole died her bank account only had $412 in it. Although she was under contract to make several movies she had not been paid for those projects. Her Pacific Palisades home, located at 1465 Capri Drive, was sold for $67,000. After all the lawyers and creditors were paid the estate was still in debt. Her family was forced to auction off her most of her belongings.

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Carole's favorite white mink stole was sold

Carole Landis Auction

In March of 1949 an auction was held at the Lewis S. Hart gallery. Carole's white satin bed, her platinum engagement ring, and her collection of eleven fur coats were among the items being sold. Her mother Clara and sister Dorothy bid on some of the items so they could keep them in the family. They were able to buy back her beloved Trifari brooch and a few other keepsakes. More than a thousand fans attended the two week auction. Carole's topaz ring sold for just  $1,250 and a cigarette lighter sold for $75. Her mother weeped as strangers bought these deeply personal items. She said "It's a shame to see the things she loved being sold to strangers."

Carole Landis & Her Trifari Brooch
Carole's Trifari brooch was bought by her mother

Carole Landis Will
The first page of Carole's will

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