The auction of more than 200 items brought in twice as much money as had been expected. Among the items sold was a small Louis Vuitton trunk with stickers inscribed "Lena Horne Hayton" for $20,000, and a reversible mink coat by Horne's favorite designer, Giorgio di Sant' Angelo, for $8,125.
Horne came to Broadway in 1957 in the musical Jamaica, opposite Ricardo Montalban, earning a Tony Award nomination for Best Actress. Her one-woman show, Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music, debuted in May, 1981 and ran for 13 months, and earned her a Special Tony Award. The show was later taped for PBS and earned an Emmy Award nomination.