Lot 916: Betty Grable

RR Auction

RR Auction

2015-07-07 11:02:04

Lot 916: 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 and Artifacts Auction 456 Wednesday, 15th July 2015 Estimate: $800-1200
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