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Large Hollywood Autograph Collection (53) - Photos and Letters Including Henry Fonda, Hedy Lamarr, Kirk Douglas and Jack Lemmon
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $960
This large collection of forty-five signed photos and eight signed letters features the autographs of numerous Hollywood stars, nearly all of whom were "A" list celebrities during their time. They also come with the special provenance of originating from the personal files of Peter Bankers, who was a longtime executive at Paramount Pictures. As such, all of the letters are addressed to Bankers and nearly all of the photos are personalized to him. The vast majority of the photos are standard 8 x 10-inch publicity shots, both color and black-and-white, but a few movie stills and smaller-sized photos are also included. The letters, sometimes in the form of a greeting or holiday card, vary in size from standard letter to small notes. The celebrities represented here by signed photos, sometimes more than once (duly noted) are Hedy Lamarr, Hedda Hopper, Telly Savalas (three times), Paul Lynde, Barbara Stanwyck (twice), Henry Fonda, Jane Fonda (twice), Jackie Coogan, Albert Finney, Jennifer Beals, Edward G. Robinson, Henry Gibson, Kirk Douglas (twice), Danny Thomas, Gale Sondergaard, Buster Crabbe, Alec Guinness, Ruth Gordon, Jeff Chandler, Gloria Swanson (cut signature), Jack Lemmon, Phil Silvers, Shirley MacLaine, Lillian Gish, Angela Landsbury, Robert Mitchum, Jane Russell (twice), Gloria de Havilland, Claudette Colbert, Mitzi Gaynor, James Doohan, Ernest Borgnine, Donald Sutherland, Laurie London, Madeline Kahn, Bessie Love (on a copy of a magazine photo), Vincent Spano, Jill Clayburgh, and Betty Grable (on a magazine cover). The celebrities represented in the form of letters (all are typed-signed letters unless otherwise noted) are Audie Murphy, Jack Lemmon (handwritten, signed "Jack L"), Albert Finney, Herve Villechaize, Michael York (handwritten), Deborah Kerr, Angela Landsbury (handwritten), and Anne Francis (signed "Anne"). All of the signatures, penned in a variety of inks average "9/10," with just a few slightly lesser. Excellent condition overall. Total: 53 signed items (45 photos and 8 letters). Auction LOA from James Spence/JSA.
Reserve $500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $960
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