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Lot #677
Marlene Dietrich Signed Oversized Photograph

Gorgeous portrait of Dietrich signed to her Song of Songs costar and lover

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Gorgeous portrait of Dietrich signed to her Song of Songs costar and lover

Stunning vintage sepia matte-finish 10.5 x 13.5 soft-focus portrait photo of Dietrich in a lovely up-close pose, signed and inscribed in green fountain pen to her costar in the 1933 film The Song of Songs, "To Brian Aherne! Marlene Dietrich.” In fine condition, with curling to the edges. Dietrich and Aherne were, for a short time, romantically linked not long after the July 1933 release of The Song of Songs, a film that marked Aherne's American film debut. The affair appeared to reach its conclusion in August of 1934, when Aherne learned of Dietrich's new relationship with Hans Jaray. Heartbroken, Aherne wrote to his former lover: 'This will be short. You have hurt me more than I have ever been hurt by any person in my life. After all we have been to each other and all you have said to me it is unbelievable that you should have dealt me such cruel and terrible blows. If you wanted to get rid of me you had only to say one word to me. I am no Chevalier or de Acosta and I have too much pride to reproach you or plead with you, but if it is any satisfaction to you to know it I have suffered damnably in the last few weeks and I can find no relief in anything or anybody. I have hurt people in my life, though never I think willingly, and it is awful to think it may have been as bad for them as this.'

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts Featuring Presidents
  • Dates: #658 - Ended February 08, 2023

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