Lot #5003
James Dean Signed Photograph

Uninscribed 8 x 10 portrait of James Dean, signed one month before his death

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Uninscribed 8 x 10 portrait of James Dean, signed one month before his death

Vintage glossy 8 x 10 photo of a sketch of James Dean by artist Ray Lucas, which shows the actor shirtless and holding a cigarette, signed nicely by Dean in green ink. In fine condition, with a stain to the upper right corner. The consignor notes that she obtained this signature in late August 1955, approximately one month before Dean's untimely death. A hugely desirable uninscribed portrayal of one of Hollywood's most iconic leading men, tragically signed in the unforeseen twilight of his budding career.

Accompanied by a copy of a letter of provenance from the original recipient, Sondra McLean, who as a teenager traveled by train from her hometown in Canada to Los Angeles, California, where she spent two-month-long vacations in the summers of 1954, 1955, and 1956. While staying with her cousin, whose residence was within walking distance from MGM Studios, McLean used the majority of her weekdays staking out the studio parking lot for the arrival and departure of Hollywood celebrities.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Hollywood
  • Dates: #623 - Ended December 16, 2021

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