Who’s going to buy Hardy’s?

Four reels allegedly used by Greta Garbo come up for auction next month at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills, California. They comprise two automatic fly reels: one by La Soie of Paris and another by Perrine of Minneapolis, plus a Shakespeare Criterion 1960 and a South Bend 550. They come with a Pflueger lure and a fillet knife marked Made in Sweden, and are part of a two-day auction of property from the Greta Garbo estate. The auction catalogue says that Garbo would fish while visiting family in New Mexico in the 1950s and 1960s. We’d love to hear from readers who can tell us more. You would have thought she could probably have afforded better tackle, too. But maybe she just wanted to be alone.

Keith Elliott
Keith Elliott
Editor and publisher of Classic Angling magazine. Founder member of UK Angling Writers' Association and current chairman. Former winner of Writer of the Year. I wrote a weekly angling column for The Independent for 23 years, having previously written columns for The Guardian and Sunday Mirror. If it swims, I'll fish for it: marlin or mackerel, trout or tench, salmon or snook. I've written several books on fishing, from one for the Duke of Edinburgh's award to the notorious Catchmore Sharks (don't look at the pictures) and Bob Nudd's autobiography, How to be the World's Best Fisherman. I love exotic travel for fishing (been to Mongolia and Ecuador, the Great Barrier Reef and Arunachal Pradesh) and wish I could afford to do such trips more often. My favourite fish? Anything with fins, though I have a special love for mahseer, and I’m Founder and former Chairman of the Masher Trust.

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