This item originates from famous collector Dr. Lonnie Hammargren. Hammargren is a longtime Las Vegas resident since 1969. He was the Lt. Governor of Nevada from 1995-99 and was a candidate for Governor of Nevada in 1998. His eastside home was featured three times on Robin Leach’s: Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. It was also featured on the Travel Channel’s show Vegas VIP Homes and a HGTV show, What’s With That House? It has since become a museum to Las Vegas past. It is usually open for tours on Nevada Day with 8000 attending the Centennial Celebration in 2005.
Nowadays Elton John, Lady Gaga and Madonna dominate the world stage with their over-the-top costumes and artistic performances. Before them came Liberace. He was a charismatic showman who at one time was the world’s highest paid entertainer. He earned as much as $300k a week with 40k fan letters a month at one point. He was the glitz and flash of Las Vegas personified. Wow-factor diamonds and flashy clothes were his trademark on and off the stage.
This is one of his wow-factor trademark wardrobe items. It’s a heavy full length stage worn tiger faux fur coat. Flamboyantly at 8×10 Liberace is embroidered in the inside in black with a golden candelabra. Tagging shows the costume designer as Ashton-Kochman Productions. There’s a handwritten name in faded marker on the tag as well – Kelly? It features a interior harness straps on the top portion because it is so heavy for dressing assistance. It measures 5’3″ tall with a fur lined 28″ collar and 12″ cuffs.
Liberace was a headline grabber throughout his career. The HBO production starring Matt Damon and Michael Douglas (Behind the Candelabra) only highlighted the interest in his story. Any collector looking for a one-of-a-kind statement piece can find it here from this one-of-a-kind, one-name-only entertainer ready for display.
Authentication: Provenance LOA