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Lot #65
Leon Trotsky Signed Photograph to His Personal Secretary - "To B. Wolfe, this terrible picture"

Trotsky gifts a "terrible picture" to his personal secretary while exiled in Mexico

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Trotsky gifts a "terrible picture" to his personal secretary while exiled in Mexico

Rare vintage matte-finish 3.5 x 5.25 close-up photo of the Russian revolutionary posing outdoors in a terrific bust-length pose, signed and inscribed on the reverse in black ink to his personal secretary, “To B. Wolfe, this terrible picture, Leon Trotsky, 14/VIII 1937.” In fine condition.

Bernard Wolfe was a novelist and writer (1915-1985) who served as Leon Trotsky's personal secretary for eight months in 1937. He became a close confidant of Trotsky who was in exile in Coyoacán, a suburb of Mexico City. In 1959 Wolfe published The Great Prince Died: A Novel about the Assassination of Trotsky, a lyrical, fictionalized account of Trotsky’s assassination as witnessed through the eyes of an array of characters.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts
  • Dates: #680 - Ended December 06, 2023





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