Lot #646
James Dean

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Estimate: $500+


Limited edition 19.75 x 15.75 silver gelatin photograph of James Dean in a cowboy hat and overalls with barbed wire in the foreground, on the set of Giant in 1955. Blindstamped in the lower border by the estate of photographer Frank Worth, and numbered 102/195. In fine condition. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from the executor of the Frank Worth Estate.

Sent to Hollywood as a staff photographer for the International News Service in 1940, 17-year-old Frank Worth quickly developed a unique rapport with the A-list celebrities he encountered. Transitioning from photographer to friend with relative ease, he spent over five decades capturing some of the most remarkable candid photos of Hollywood's elite, who typically only allowed carefully posed glamour portraits and publicity shots. Despite his own financial struggles, Worth valued the privacy of his famous friends above his potential earnings, and never exhibited these images during his lifetime. After his passing in 2000, a company was formed to finally publish his thousands of unseen images. This is one of the captivating images released by the Frank Worth Estate.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts, Ft. Hollywood
  • Dates: #606 - Ended April 14, 2021