Siegfried and Roy Items Going To Auction For Entertainer’s Charity
The iconic duo known as Siegfried and Roy continue to make headlines even years after their respective deaths. The most
The iconic duo known as Siegfried and Roy continue to make headlines even years after their respective deaths. The most recent topic of discussion surrounding the performing pair is an opportunity for us common folk to own some of their own personal items.
That’s right, precious personal items owned by Siegfried Fischbacher and Roy Horn are about to go up for auction, and you have a chance to own a piece of entertainment history.
Continuing The Charity Coins Comin’
The company Bonhams will present more than 500 personal items from Siegfried & Roy's professional and personal lives. Siegfried & Roy: Masters of the Impossible will be held on June 8 and 9 at Bonhams Los Angeles with all of the proceeds going towards the SARMOTI Foundation, Siegfried & Roy's personal charity.
Bonhams was founded in 1793 and is one of the biggest auctioneers in the world.
With legacy and experience like that, it’s easy to see why they were entrusted with this fine collection of items that would benefit a charity founded by the pair.
Let The Bidding Begin
Up for action are some absolutely stunning items owned by Sigfried and Roy. Items include (but are certainly not limited to):
Electric blue satin stage costumes worn on stage by Siegfried & Roy. Embellished with blue bugle beads to the collar and lapels and embroidered all over in a foliate pattern with silver sequins, rhinestones and faux pearls, the tailcoat was worn by Siegfried and the cropped jacket by Roy.
Yellow Diamond and Diamond Ring.
18 Karat gold tiger head pendant. Comes with numerous round brilliant-cut diamonds and a ruby eye.
18 Karat Cartier necklace. This piece comes with emerald and diamonds.
Leopard Spot pattern Tiffany & Co. Porcelain Tea Service. The set is comprised of one tea pot, creamer, sugar bowl, seven cups, eight saucers, eight dessert plates, and a cake plate.
French Japanese Cloisonné gilt and patinated metal turtle-form clock. Almost certainly designed by Émile-Auguste Reiber for L'Escalier de Cristal, Paris.
The Original Las Vegas Residence
Few people are as iconic in the live entertainment world as Siegfried and Roy. It isn’t a stretch to say they had an enormous hand in putting Las Vegas on the map. The pair are after all, one of a handful of entertainers who started the trend of a Las Vegas residency.
Sure, there was Liberace and Elvis who did multiple shows a week in the neon lined city in the desert. But those were solo musical acts. Siegfried and Roy were not only a duo, they were the first to add animals into their act. We aren’t talking about birds and monkeys either. We are talking tigers, big ones. Tigers so gigantic and gloriously beautiful they would command the attention of any audience. Siegfried and Roy, along with their show, took up residence at the Mirage Resort and Casino from 1990 until 2003.
The two however began performing well before that. The duo met in 1957. Siegfried was a magician performing on a cruise ship when Roy became his assistant. It wasn’t long before Horn encouraged Siegfried to incorporate animals into the act, Siegfried after all had experience working in zoos as a young adult.
The men hopped off the boat and began performing in Europe. It was in Paris in the late 60’s that the duo were encouraged to go to America to try their act in Las Vegas.
They were a hit and began working first at the Stardust then to the Frontier before setting up a permanent home at the Mirage.
The End of an Entertainment Era
Siegfried and Roy would perform at the Mirage Casino until October 2003 when Roy Horn was attacked on stage by Montecore, a 600-lb white tiger that was long part of their act. It happened to be Horn’s 59th birthday.
In May of 2020 Roy Horn passed away in Las Vegas from complications of the coronavirus. Eight months later, in January of 2021, Siegfried lost his battle with pancreatic cancer.
Earlier this year, Apple TV+ debuted “Wild Things: Siegfried & Roy,” a docu-series that reveals untold stories of the world-famous magic performers and animal trainers. The eight-part series can be found on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and other podcasting platforms.
For more information on the auction beginning on June 8 at 10am PDT, you can find information here.