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Lot #1228
Rudolph Valentino

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Italian-born actor (1895–1926) who became the most legendary sex symbol of the silent era. His premature death from a perforated ulcer induced a wave of fan hysteria unmatched until the modern “paparazzi” age, including riots and suicide attempts by grief-stricken fans. Bank check, 6 x 2.5, filled out and signed as “R. Valentino,” payable to his close friend, actor/director Douglas Gerrard, for $50.00, May 10, 1921. Faint vertical folds (one to last name), punch cancellations lightly touching a few letters, and ink a shade or two light but fully legible, otherwise fine condition. PSA/DNA Auction LOA and R&R COA.

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  • Dates: #334 - Ended June 18, 2008