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Don the Beachcomber, Marina Del Rey auction material
Bora Boris
Mr. Unreasonable

Joined: Mar 25, 2005
Posts: 2569
From: Boogie Wonderland
Posted: 2013-10-11 1:46 pm   Permalink

Great stuff as usual Tigertail,

Is that a Cannibal ashtray?



WOW!




 
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bigbrotiki
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11106
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2013-10-11 2:50 pm   Permalink

No: "Is that a Tiki in your lap or do you just like me?"

That's one of his Cannibal carvings. They MUST have been sort of "Lucky Tikis" for Don: He had them in his house in Encino..



in his Hollywood bar...



and in his place in Waikiki:



The funny thing is that Don was really Pre-Tiki: He did not use these Tikis or any others as his logo, as mugs, menus, matchbooks, etc
- BUT his imitators that decidedly drew on his concepts, the Mai Kai and Steve Crane did:





Here is more clear proof of the shift from the Pre-Tiki South Seas joint generation (Don and various "Beachcomber" joints, Skipper Kent, various "Tropics" joints, and the like) to the "Tiki" generation: Don had those Tikis with him, but did not use them: The time was not ripe for Tiki to become the figurehead of Polynesian pop. Then, in the mid-50s, a new generation of restaurateurs tapped into the iconic properties of the Tiki.



 
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tigertail
Tiki Centralite

Joined: Jun 21, 2013
Posts: 76
Posted: 2013-10-12 12:06 pm   Permalink

BigBro, do you have any close ups of the celebrity chop sticks in their individual tubes? Clearly there was an 'inner circle' of valued guests/friends who appear in these photos and on the chopsticks in a photo from The Book of Tiki, but I can't make out about half of the names...



The maddening thing is I remember BIDDING ON THOSE CHOPSTICKS AT THE AUCTION!!
But they went too high for our wallets at the time, we had already spent all our dough.


 
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bigbrotiki
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11106
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2013-10-13 01:47 am   Permalink

I feel your pain...I missed the whole damn AUCTION, I only heard about it afterwards from Stella at KXLU.

No, no better pics. There are postcards and magazine article photos with them in it, but in even worse resolution:



This one won't help you either, I would think:



Did they go one by one, or did someone get the whole bunch? Do you remember how many there were?


 
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tigertail
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Joined: Jun 21, 2013
Posts: 76
Posted: 2013-10-13 10:17 am   Permalink

They went as a set, as far as I recall. They exist SOMEWHERE, in a closet or garage. Hanging in Uncle's den...
BTW, here is a photo of a photo of the (original?) Beachcomber gift shop.
notice what the sales girl is handling...



close up...





 
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bigbrotiki
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11106
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2013-10-13 2:18 pm   Permalink

Cool! These Tikis were tourist carvings from Tahiti - here is one at the Trader Vic's store in the original Oakland location:



...and here's the "Everything you ever needed to know about the Tahitian Cannibal Carvings and didn't know how to ask" thread:

http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?mode=viewtopic&topic=33940&forum=5&start=0

The very first set posted there by Tiki Kate are the best examples I know of. When she died of cancer, she bequeathed them to Martin Cate's Smuggler's Cove, where they stand guard to this day.



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finky099
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Joined: May 15, 2012
Posts: 155
From: Orange County, CA
Posted: 2013-10-14 4:04 pm   Permalink

Tigertail, how did I miss this thread until now??? Amazing stuff you've posted. I can't stop looking at/comparing the two pics of Donn's place ay 1727 McCadden. So cool.

 
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tigertail
Tiki Centralite

Joined: Jun 21, 2013
Posts: 76
Posted: 2013-11-01 08:59 am   Permalink

Ok! I have conjured these chopsticks out of the mist...



I am seriously thinking about recreating this cabinet of celebrity utensils holders!


 
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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11106
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2013-11-01 1:35 pm   Permalink

Ha, got you on a trail there...nice idea!

 
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White Devil
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Posted: 2013-11-01 2:41 pm   Permalink

So now we're even lusting after Ava Gardner's used chopsticks. She'd love it, no doubt.

    
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