Lot 915: Fabulous one-of-a-kind vintage pearl-finish 8 x 9.75 photo of the three Garland sisters by Bloom of Chicago, circa 1934-1935, signed and inscribed in fountain pen by Judy, "To Dorothy from the Garland Sistes [sic], Baby Frances," and also signed by her sisters "Jimmie," and "Janie." In very good to fine condition, with scattered creases, soiling over the beginning portion of inscription, surface impressions, and mild rippling along top edge.Born into a show-business family, Garland made her debut performance as "Baby Frances" with The Gumm Sisters—joining older sisters Mary Jane ["Janie"] and Dorothy Virginia ["Jimmie"]—at just two-and-a-half years old. The trio toured the vaudeville circuit for many years before changing their name to The Garland Sisters in late 1934, with Frances changing her name to Judy shortly after; this photo was signed during the short window of time that "Frances" and "The Garland Sisters" overlapped. The recipient of this inscribed portrait, Dorothy Gray, was also a child actress and Garland's best friend at the time. As one of the earliest Garland signed photos we have encountered, this is a positively remarkable piece of Hollywood history.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 456
Wednesday, 15th July 2015
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