An Unexpected Gift From Beyond

I am a regular girl.  Who married an incredible man.  Even if I had the time I could not tell you the many times my husband has done something for me that has meant him tossing a lasso over the moon to get it for me.
Well this one gift is no different.
For those of you that have followed me for years, you know about my love for Farrah.  I have posted a few times in the past and often on instagram.
Well, get ready because I never would have guessed this would happen to me.

Heritage Auctions had recently published that they would be auctioning a few of Farrah Fawcett's personal items.  For those of you who are not familiar with Farrah's personal history, she had only one sister who died of cancer many years ago.  Her mother then passed and shortly after her own death her father passed.  Leaving Farrah with only two relatives.  Her son Redmond and her sister's son.  Well her nephew was the one who was selling her personal items.

To my surprise I stumbled while googling a table on auction, a listing for Farrah Fawcett's personal items.
I immediately thought this had to be dated back when she had passed.   I remember reading about several auctions that Ryan O'neal had been a part of done to benefit the Farrah Fawcett organization for cancer.   I was wrong.  This was an entirely new auction.  There were gowns and jewelry and shoes and personal appointment books etc.  One of the items was a this robe. There were actually two.  One that was from a movie set that was only worn for a scene and one that was her personal robe.  Her nephew had put it on the auction list.  As I continued to read about it I discovered that Calvin Klein had given it to Farrah as a gift in the early 90's and he had embroidered her name on it.  Her nephew said that it was one of Farrah's personal and most treasured items.  She had worn it for years and it showed the wear of daily use.

My husband had seen it and I had made a few comments about the robe and how I would wear it everyday if it were mine.  I remember him looking at me as if I were crazy.   I followed the website and checked in a few times a week.  I desperately wanted to see who would win that robe.
About a month later it was the day of the auction.  I was at work and he was at his.  I went on line but couldn't see anything about the auction because you had to register in order to participate and watch.     Aside from small ebay auctions, like an old painting or the occasional vintage furniture piece,  I've never participated in an auctionslike this one and couldn't imagine what it must be like.

After the time of the  auction came to an end,  I checked in and quickly saw the words below the photo of the robe.  It said  SOLD.
I imagined what it must feel like to inherit something like that from someone you admired that wasn't family or a friend.  Someone that famous to the world yet for years I have always felt like we would have been friends somehow if we had met and been the same age.

This sounds silly to some, but I have always been someone impressionable and rather star struck and will always be a dreamer.

That afternoon, feeling a bit sad about the robe being sold, I casually mentioned it to my husband.  He replied, yes he had seen that it sold.  I told him I hoped that whomever won the auction would treasure it forever.
I could hear silence on his end and then he said to me, well I hope you do.  I was the one who won it for you.

I can't tell you how thrilled I was.  I must have been in shock for about three days.  I kept saying to myself, your going to have Farrah's robe.  I couldn't believe it.  A week later it arrived.  As the description, it showed signs of wear and use.  It is soft and comfy and warm and I can't tell you how happy it makes me to have it.  Life is unpredictable.  
I have only told a few people this story and I have been asked when I wear it, do I sense anything or feel anything different.  I honestly just feel comfy and warm.  But I do whisper a prayer every time I put it on, that she is in peace and that my hubby may know I love him forever.  


Kathleen George said...

What a wonderful kind hearted husband you have! What a gift! I loved watching Charlie Angels, Farrah had a beautiful smile and I'm sure she's smiling down at you:).
Kathleen in Az

Marilyn said...

The absolute, correct person has this robe! Someone who appreciates and respects its history. Congratulations. :-)

Well done, Mr. Lee's Hideaway. You're a good man.

Marilyn (in Dallas)

Rue said...

Hi Lisa :)

I just found your blog and spent a great deal of time reading it. I Love your home and your philosophy about decorating it for yourself. Also, the fact that everything means something to you.

Love the story about Farrah's robe too. That's quite a treasure to have :)


Patricia said...

What a wonderful story ! Your husband is amazing, and a rare gem. But you seem to know that already, and that is wonderful too - What a beautiful love story...

Christine said...

What a great story! I too was a Farrah freak when I was growing up! I had the Farrah head, the doll, posters, Charlie's Angels trading cards. I loved her! Also watched her reality show, and found her very endearing. Anyway, congrats on the robe and for scoring a great husband! BTW, love your blog!

Julie said...

What a special story and gift!

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