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Footstool Among Rock Hudson Pieces To Be Auctioned

March 17, 1986

NEW YORK (AP) _ A crudely constructed footstool, inscribed with a message from actress Elizabeth Taylor, is among belongings of the late actor Rock Hudson that will be auctioned next month.

Officials at the William Doyle Galleries said items from the Hudson estate came from an apartment in New York City and a house in Beverly Hills, Calif., and include antique chairs, an armoire, a baby grand piano and a table.

But other items were more unusual. The footstool, made of stair treads, was valued at $200 to $400.

The inscription, in lavender ink, reads: ″E.T. stood here, she had to because she couldn’t reach the sink. R.H. is a love, and I thank him always - even tho he is one foot taller. Your always friend, Elizabeth.″

Other items include a silver-plated cigarette box, engraved ″Dynasty, 100th Episode,″ valued at $100 to $200; a needlepoint rug and two needlepoint pillows made by Hudson; and a sword used in his stage performance in Camelot in 1977-78, signed by the cast, with an estimated value of $200 to $400.

Also, there is a small statuette with a plaque, inscribed, ″Dear Rock: You got your step 3/8 Fred Astaire.″

The auction is scheduled for April 2. Hudson died last October of acquired immune deficiency syndrome.

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