In the first two years of the Tonys, winners didn't receive the medallion that has come to symbolize the prize. Instead, they received a scroll as well as a money clip, a cigarette lighter for the men and a makeup compact for the ladies.
Hayes' makeup compact is being offered for sale by Nate D. Sanders auction house in Los Angeles, with the auction scheduled to end on Tuesday. The opening bid on the item is $1,000. The auction house described the object as made of sterling silver, designed by Tiffany & Co., and featuring a mirror and a lid engraved with Hayes' initials "HH."
It said the compact opens to an engraved inscription reading: "THE AMERICAN THEATRE WING / Presents / Your 'Tony' / An / Antoinette Perry Award / 1946-47."
Hayes -- who is known as the first lady of the American theater -- would win another Tony in 1958 and an honorary award in 1980.
The first Tony Awards ceremony was held at the Waldorf-
This year's Tony ceremony is scheduled to take place June 9 at