Lot 30: King Alfonso XIII Signed Photo
27th September 2017
Unusual vintage matte-finish 6.25 x 8.5 portrait of the king affixed to its original 9.5 x 13.5 studio mount, signed and inscribed on the mount in bold black ink to famed French entertainer Maurice Chevalier, "A Maurice Chevalier, Alfonso, 1926.” In fine condition, with light mottled toning to the mount, and a subtle horizontal crease. In 1911, the young Chevalier began a relationship with Mistinguett at the Folies Bergere, where he was her 23-year-old dance partner. He was drafted into the army during World War I and captured by Germany as a prisoner of war. He spent two years in a German prison camp before King Alfonso XIII, an admirer of Mistinguett, intervened to free him through a ruse. Alfonso was the only king of a neutral country who was related to both the British and German royal families, and was able to set up an exchange of captured German and French ambulance workers. Chevalier, posing as an ambulance worker, was freed.
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