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Item 4340 - James Dean Signed Oversized Pastel Portrait Catalog 507 (Aug 2017)

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Sold Price: $17,333.75 (includes buyer's premium)


Remarkable oversized original charcoal and pastel portrait of James Dean accomplished by artist Ray Lucas on an 18.75 x 25 sheet, lengthily signed and inscribed in black ballpoint by Dean, "Dear Kitty, Look not in this figure for the greatness that is demanded of me. My meager resources help to answer very little. I among a myriad of sparks that become so called stars suffer to fulfill this simple task-anyway the meek will inherit-James Dean." Also signed in the lower right in charcoal by the artist, "R. Lucas, Hollywood, 55." Somewhat brittle, with several horizontal folds, otherwise fine condition (chipping to edges and a couple paint spots to the lower left corner would all be easily matted out to produce a stunning display piece). Previously owned by Planet Hollywood and sold by Sotheby's in 2002. This incredible signed artwork comes from Dean's defining year: 1955 marked the release of Rebel Without a Cause and East of Eden, followed by his untimely death at age 24. With its thoughtful yet cryptic inscription and enormous size, this is an absolutely stunning one-of-a-kind piece.

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