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Sunday, November 2, 1997 Published at 13:16 GMT

Despatches: Americas

PUBLISHED AT 13:19 GMT Sunday, November 2, 1997: STEVE FUTTERMAN
Steve Futterman
From Los Angeles

She was a star from a different era - the 30s and 40s were the hayday for Marlene Dietrich, but that didn't stop her fans from showing up and paying large amounts for some of her personal belongings on Saturday in Los Angeles. A Marlene Dietrich auction brought in nearly $660,000, double the $300,000 that the auction organisers had predicted. Steve Futterman reports:

"The American actress Jennifer Tilly was one of the more active bidders. She paid more than $11,000 for two letters sent to Marlene Dietrichby Ernest Hemingway. Tilly also paid more than $4,000 for a walking stick given to Dietrich by Noel Coward. Reportedly Coward gave Dietrich the walking stick when he learned she was doing a top hat and tails routine in Paris. Noel Coward insisted the routine would not be complete without the walking stick. Another person taking part in the auction was the daughter of the late actor Yul Brynner. Victoria Brynner purchased a gold ring that her father had given Marlene Dietrich while the two were romantically involved. Many additional items that belonged to Dietrich such as her movie scripts and her musical scores were previously purchased in 1993 by the German government for $5 million."

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