Lot #5004
James Dean Twice-Signed Yearbook

Rare twice-signed example of James Dean's 1948 high school yearbook

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Rare twice-signed example of James Dean's 1948 high school yearbook

Softcover 1948 'Black and Gold' yearbook from Fairmount High School in Indiana, 8 x 10.75, signed inside twice in ballpoint by the young James Dean: once on the basketball roster page, "Jim Dean"; and once on the autograph page, "Jim Dean, 'Rack.'" Dean is also pictured in the yearbook as part of the Thespian Society and in the cast of the Junior Class Play. In very good condition, with the front cover detached, the back cover held in place with old tape, and the Dean signature on the multi-signed page also held in place with old tape having evidently been clipped out at one time. Accompanied by a letter of provenance from Marcus D. Winslow, in part: "James Dean came to live with my parents in 1940 and lived here till his high school graduation in 1949. This 1948 Fairmount High School yearbook has been signed two times by James Dean. The signatures are in ink which is very rare, because most yearbooks and programs were signed in pencil. The first page in this yearbook is signed by the original owner, Patsy Brown…P.S. The signature that says ('Rack') is in reference to my dad, Marcus Winslow's nick name. Jimmie always liked the nick name and encouraged his friends to call him Rack, although I don't believe it ever caught on." Includes two photos of Winslow writing the letter.

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

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