Thursday, January 17, 2013


Diana Ross, Steve Rubell, and fashion designer Halston.

'Studio 54 made Halloween in Hollywood look like a PTA meeting' …Lorna Luft

Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to boogie on down memory lane. This Saturday Palm Beach Modern Auctions will auction off Studio 54 club co-founder and New York night life impresario Steve Rubell's personal collection of art and memorabilia from the clubs heydays in the 1970s. The eclectic group of items, which has remained for the past 28 years at the apartment Rubell shared with fashion designer Bill Hamilton, consists of Studio 54 memorabilia and includes works by Andy Warhol, Peter Beard and Michael Vollbracht, as well as hundreds of paparazzi photographs of party going celebrities like Diana Ross, Frank Sinatra, Truman Capote and Liza Minnelli. The collection provides a rare and dazzling look into the fabulous stylemakers and decadent partying that was Studio 54. 
 Liza Minnelli with Bianca Jagger, 1978
 Steve Rubell in front of a 1970 de Sede sofa at Studio 54
 Steve Rubells Studio 54 Reservation Book-
 The interior of the reservation book, which lists noteworthy guests and whether or not they had to pay for admission to the club.
The cover of Interview Magazine, which featured Mr. Rubell, with be auctioned off with the original Warhol Polaroid on which the cover was based.
Andy Warhol, Steve Rubell and Fran Lebowitz at Studio 54, 1981
photos courtesy of Palm Beach Modern Auctions


Unknown said...

Awesome post! Love the pics of all of the Studio 54 revelers. What a flashback. Thanks, Al

*Chic Provence* said...

What a fun look backwards at a long gone era! love the B&W photos and the reservation book...

Happy New Year!



michele said...

i was such a disco fan! love these snaps from the vault!

git down, barbara.


Anonymous said...

Being there advent of paparazzi, although decadent it seemed simple.

No tweets,facebook just a velvet rope and an merchants ledger.


Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita said...

I remember when I was in grade school, my older sister got the Studio 54 Dance RECORD! Makes me feel old! Fun photos though.

The enchanted home said...

How cool! That reservation book would be so much fun to go through! I am STILL a disco fan:)

Mary Ann Pickett said...

I was really trying to decipher the guest book...that was a crazy time...but they all look so happy.

CDS said...

I loved the Studio 54 movie! Great soundtrack!

The Peak of Tres Chic said...

I have a serious obsession with Studio 54. It looks like a trip! Love these pictures!

Jayme @ Her Late Night Cravings said...

This is so fascinating! What I wouldn't give to have been a fly on the wall back then!

Jayme @ Her Late Night Cravings

Taylor Greenwalt said...

i love all the black and white photos....It would be fun to see how much everything is going for....

Jane Kilpatrick Schott said...

I was at the auction last Saturday and it was standing room only. Most of the photos went for three times the estimate, but it was a very long process.

I was also at Studio 54 in its heyday and this was a great glimpse back. Sorry I didn't save all my trash in boxes from those days.

I am going to do a follow up post on the prices things went

Even "Roller Rina" was there in her skates and disco wig! Fun rainy afternoon...

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