Lot 837: Mary Miles Minter

RR Auction

RR Auction

2015-10-06 13:06:28

Lot 837: Two items: a lovely glossy 8 x 10 photo of Minter leaning against a mirror, signed and inscribed in black ink, "To a dear and faithful fan, La Verne Decker, from a 15 year old (here in 1917) from now 80 year old (1st April 1981), and with timeless love, Mary Miles Minter"; and an ALS, two pages, 5 x 4, November 18, 1982. Letter to La Verne, in part: "I wish I knew if you are of my present vintage or much younger. It is amazing that I still get fan mail after a 60 year absence from the screen. Thank you for the pen and the so thoughtful return, stamped folder." Minter draws a heart in red ink, "And here is a little heart forr [sic] you, too. XXX." The second page consists of a long handwritten postscript, in part: "You should know my private name: I am the widow of (he was Danish with no O' but loved me enough to change his name to the O'. The beginning of his born name was plain Hildebrandt)—I was born Mary Juliet O'Reilly and so married Brandon. This is my legal name: Mrs. Brandon O'Hildebrandt." In overall fine condition, with a small piece of tape to top edge of photo. A wonderful and insightful tandem of signed items from the typically withdrawn Minter, an actress whose autograph proved markedly difficult to obtain even during the peak of her short-lived movie career. RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 462 Wednesday, 14th October 2015 Estimate: $200-400
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