Lot 868: Betty Grable

RR Auction

2015-10-29 11:35:16

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Lot 868: Two items: a vintage matte-finish 8 x 10 full-length photo of Grable in a swimsuit and heels, signed and inscribed in red fountain pen, "To Russell-Best wishes, Betty Grable"; and a TLS, one page, 7.5 x 10.5, personal letterhead, June 12 [1942]. Letter to Joyce, in part: "Am happy to say that I returned from the hospital about a week ago, and am feeling so much better, should be able to start work on my new Picture, 'Springtime in the Rockies,' in a few days. Will send you the autographed picture you asked for, and hope you like it." The photo is in fine condition; the letter has several horizontal folds, tape repairs, irregular toning, and a trimmed right edge, otherwise very good condition. Enjoying the most successful and prolific period of her career, Grable found her biggest box-office hit in the 1942 musical Springtime in the Rockies. The following year, photographer Frank Powolny's now-legendary photo of the leggy starlet became the number one pin-up of World War II, and propelled her even further into the limelight. An excellent pair of items from Grable's brightest years. RR Auction's Fine Autographs & Artifacts Friday, 23rd October 2015 Estimate: $800-1200
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