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Blast From the Past: Brown Derby Items Up For Auction

There are few restaurants as iconic to LA and Old Hollywood glamour than the Brown Derby, and like so many other classic restaurants of the past, it's a shame that it's gone. We won't even attempt the history---head over the the LA Time Machines or Wikipedia for that---but yes, the Derby was the see-and-be-seen spot of its day. And it was the birthplace of the Cobb salad. How can you beat that? Closed and razed since the 80s, there are a few lasting Derby remnants to be found and---for all you Santas out there, brace---auction house Bonhams & Butterfields will have them on the block this month.

There's all sorts of knickknacks like matchbooks and an ashtray, coasters and napkins, dishes, brass and wooden derby wall decorations, and a souvenir tablecloth with a map of 1950s Hollywood printed on it, of course with the Brown Derby right in the center. There's also a book of certificates noting how many shares purchased by co-founders H.K. Somborn and Robert H. "Bob" Cobb, he of salad fame, and other investors. Preview the lot in person starting December 19, and the auction begins on December 21 at 10am.
· Items from LA Landmark “The Brown Derby” to be Offered at Bonhams & Butterfields [Bonhams]

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