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Monday, November 27, 2006

Andy Warhol overlooked a detail when he said that in the future everyone will be famous for 15 minutes. If you're really famous your stuff will be sold at auction after you die. Andy's a case in point. His cookie jar collection incited a bidding frenzy in 1988, going for nearly a quarter of a million dollars.

It's hard to imagine two more different men. McQueen was an internal combustion engine masquerading as movie actor, his star power directly proportional to his proximity to a revving engine -- most famously, a motorcycle in "The Great Escape " and a Mustang in "Bullitt ."

Capote, in contrast, was physically tiny and personally flamboyant. That flamboyance, even more than his literary skill, made him a talk-show mainstay back in the '60s. The Capote items come, in fact, from the collection of Joanne Carson , Johnny Carson's second wife, who was a close friend of Capote's. (It was at her Los Angeles home that he was found dead, in 1984.)

The McQueen auction is heavy on motorcycles, hunting knives, and firearms. There's even a white-and-aqua 1958 GMC pickup truck. But it also has McQueen's Master Charge card, a pair of sunglasses he wore in "The Thomas Crown Affair, " and his personalized Wurlitzer jukebox, which features recordings by Bill Haley , Bing Crosby , and Glenn Miller .

Although literary items figure in the Capote auction, the more intriguing items are personal. They include the author's Personalized baby blanket, his passport (inset, bottom photo) , and a pair of ice skates. (Capote always skated on thin ice -- who knew he did it literally, too?) Best of all, there's the tuxedo he wore to the Black and White Ball , the legendary bash Capote hosted at New York's Plaza Hotel in 1966.

Expect a bidding war to break out between Philip Seymour Hoffman and Toby Jones.