Artie Shaw's Possessions Go on Sale

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The contents of Artie Shaw's Los Angeles home will go on sale next month, according to Treasure Estate Sales, which is conducting the sale.

The clarinetist and bandleader died in December, a half century after he withdrew abruptly from the jazz world.

The house will be open to the public by appointment from April 1 through April 9. Among the rare objects on view are instruments, sheet music, clothing—including his signature tuxedos—art, chess sets, fly-fishing equipment, and books, including signed copies of Shaw's own writings. Email Treaure Estate Sales at to make an appointment.

Shaw had a series of hits with different ensembles, including "Beguine the Beguine," "Frenesi," and "Summit Ridge Drive." A handsome man, he married eight times and was a favorite target of gossip columnists, but he hated the attention and took a series of sabbaticals before quitting music altogether in 1954. He spent much of the remainder of his life writing fiction.

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