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Charles Lee offers over 40 years of experience in collecting and authenticating autographs.

This catalogue reflects his own collecting preferences - autographs from the Golden Age of Hollywood, lovely signed vintage sepia photographs, scarce character actors, clean album pages and cards for matting with a favourite picture and unusual and difficult to find rarities.

Charles is a recognised authority on Vivien Leigh and his catalogue always offers a wonderful selection of authentically signed Vivien Leigh material.

This catalogue is updated with new stock and deletions on a daily basis (sometimes several times a day).

Using the links on the left you may browse the catalogue by category or use the search facility to quickly find the item you are looking for.

Charles is picky about quality - items generally are in very good condition indeed and any faults are carefully described in the text.

Featured Autographs

Allan, Elizabeth

Allan, Elizabeth  (1910-1990)

Lovely English stage and screen actress, in some excellent films, including Garbo's Camille (1935), but probably best remembered for her starring role in the Bela Lugosi 1935 horror flick, Mark of the Vampire.

A very pretty vintage black and white photograph (5.5" x 3.5"), nicely signed in blue fountain pen ink across the lower margin.

ref:16759  £35.00
Allister, Claud

Allister, Claud  (1888-1970)

English character actor with an extensive film career in both Britain and Hollywood, where he appeared in more than 70 films between 1929 and 1955, including Bulldog Drummond (as Algy opposite Ronald Colman,1929)  Jean Harlow’s Platinum Blonde (1931), Charles Laughton’s The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933), The Private Life of Don Juan (starring Douglas Fairbanks, 1934), Dracula’s Daughter (1936), Pride and Prejudice (1940) and W.C Field’s Never Give a Sucker an Even Break (1941).

A rare vintage sepia photograph (9.5" x 7.5"), nicely signed in dark blue fountain pen ink across the image.

 

ref:13602  £125.00
Andress, Ursula

Andress, Ursula  (1936- )

Beautiful Swiss-born actress, who leapt to international stardom as the most memorable of all Bond girls, Honey Rider, spectacularly emerging from the sea in Dr No (1962).

A superb colour photograph (8" x 10") of Andress as Honey Rider in Dr No, in the arms of Sean Connery, flawlessly signed in blue ink. As perfect as you could hope to find.

ref:16489  £125.00
Andrews, Julie

Andrews, Julie  (1935- )

Iconic British actress and singer.

This is a very early signature and inscription ("To Brenda, All the best for the future, Sincerely, Julie Andrews") in blue ink on a 3.5" x 2.75" card. From a 1940s autograph collection. Some small marks but in good overall condition. (Shown loosely mounted with photo corners on a 5.5" x 3.5" white card.)

ref:16239  £60.00
Andrews, Julie

Andrews, Julie  (1935- )

British actress and singer.

A beautiful black and white photograph (8" x 10") boldly signed in black ink across the image.

ref:15416  £225.00
Annigoni, Pietro

Annigoni, Pietro  (1910-1988)

Italian portrait painter, most famous for his superb 1956 portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.

A very fine black and white photograph (6.5" x 4.5"), neatly signed, inscribed and dated (1980) in black ink across a clear area of the image. This comes with the original mailing envelope.

ref:16228  £60.00
Astor, Mary

Astor, Mary  (1906-1987)

Oscar-winning American actress, in some excellent films, but probably remembered most fondly for her role as the homicidal and gloriously untrustworthy Brigid O'Shaughnessy opposite Humphrey Bogart's Sam Spade in The Maltese Falcon (1941).
A very fine cheque for $75, drawn in cash from her account at the Security Pacific National Bank in Woodland Hills, California on July 9th 1980, made out entirely in her hand and boldly signed in black ink.

ref:8881  £60.00
Baer, Max

Baer, Max  (1909-1959)

American boxer who was the World Heavyweight Champion from 14 June 1934 to 13 June 1935; he often credited working as a butcher boy, carrying heavy carcasses of meat, for developing his powerful shoulders.

A very fine vintage sepia photograph (8" x 10"), boldly signed and dated ("Very best wishes, Sincerely, Max  Baer 2/15/34") in blue ink, just four months before he became World Heavyweight Champion.

ref:15382  £250.00
Bernstein, Leonard

Bernstein, Leonard  (1918-1990)

Prodigiously talented American conductor, composer, pianist, and teacher, whose many fine classical compositions are overshadowed by his hugely successful scores for the Broadway shows On The Town (1944) and, especially, West Side Story (1957).

A stunning black and white photograph (8" x 10"), beautifully signed and inscribed ("For John Street, Best wishes, Leonard Bernstein") in dark blue fountain pen ink across the lower white margin. A PEACH!

ref:16742  £195.00
Coates, Eric

Coates, Eric  (1886-1957)

Great English composer of light music.
A rare typed and ink-signed letter on an 8" x 5" sheet of headed notepaper (39 Hill Street. London W1 December 21st 1953), to a man who has enjoyed his autobiography Suite in Four Movements, which had been published that year
ref:10202  £75.00
Du Pré, Jacqueline

Du Pré, Jacqueline  (1945-1987)

British cellist who became famous at a very young age and is regarded as one of the greatest cellists of all time.

A wonderful note and signature to a fan ("With every wish for continued happiness with, and love for Music. Yours warmly. Jacqueline du Pre") in blue ink on a 7.5" x 3.5" white card. (The fan has added a black border, presumably after her early death.) VERY RARE.

ref:15964  £195.00
Fenby, Eric

Fenby, Eric  (1906-1997)

English composer, conductor, pianist, organist and teacher who is best known for being Frederick Delius's amanuensis from 1928 to 1934.

In 1928, hearing that Delius had become virtually helpless because of blindness and paralysis (due to syphilis), Fenby offered to serve him as an amanuensis. Fenby worked, at the composer's home in Grez-sur-Loing, near Paris, for extended periods until Delius died almost six years later. The whole experience left Fenby "completely burnt out". In 1936, he published an account, Delius As I Knew Him. This episode in Fenby's and Delius's lives was portrayed in Ken Russell's 1968 production for the BBC, Song of Summer.

A superb black and white photograph (8.5" x 6.5"), nicely signed and inscribed ("John Street - With best wishes, Eric Fenby, 1982") in dark blue ink across the lower margin.  SCARCE.

ref:16537  £150.00
Ferrier, Kathleen

Ferrier, Kathleen  (1912-1953)

Great English contralto singer.
A superb album page (5" x 2.75"), beautifully signed in blue ink by Kathleen Ferrier. Also signed in ink by the great British pianist, Denis Matthews (1919-1988), who committed suicide.

ref:16542  £150.00
Flagstag, Kirsten

Flagstag, Kirsten  (1895-1962)

Norwegian opera singer and a highly regarded Wagnerian soprano, one of the greatest singers of the 20th Century.

A rare glossy sepia vintage photograph (7.75" x 10"), elegantly signed and inscribed ("John Street, sincerely yours, Kirsten Flagstad") in blue fountain pen ink.

ref:16543  £125.00
Flynn, Errol

Flynn, Errol  (1909-1959)

Swashbuckling Tasmanian-born actor. Flynn’s off-screen passions; drinking, fighting, boating and sex, made his film escapades seem pale in comparison.

A superb vintage album page (7" x 6.5"), boldly signed and inscribed ("Hello Brenda! Errol Flynn") in blue ink. In excellent condition. From a 1940s autograph collection

ref:16241  £125.00
Griffiths, Ethel

Griffiths, Ethel  (1879-1975)

English actress whose career began as a baby in 1881 when she was carried onstage by her acting parents. By the time of her death, she was the oldest working actress on the British stage.

Now best remembered for her role as Mrs. Bundy, the elderly amateur ornithologist in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds (1963), whose contributions  include “I have never known birds of different species to flock together. The very concept is unimaginable. Why, if that happened, we wouldn't stand a chance! How could we possibly hope to fight them?”

An exceptionally rare black and white photograph (8" x 10"), neatly signed in dark blue fountain pen ink, with Griffies identifying the date of the photograph and her age at the time ("Ethel Griffies, 1947, aged 69").

ref:16540  £195.00
Karloff, Boris

Karloff, Boris  (1887-1969)

Iconic English-born actor, best remembered for his roles in Universal horror films and his portrayal of Frankenstein's monster in Frankenstein (1931), Bride of Frankenstein (1935), and Son of Frankenstein (1939).

This is an extraordinary Karloff collectable - a black and white 8" x 10" photograph of the great actor at an airport in later years, smartly dressed and apparently being attacked by a large black bird. Karloff is totally unfazed and mildly amused. A good friend of mine in Switzerland, Didier Gusset, has suggested that this is a publicity photograph to promote the 1963 remake of "The Raven". I think he is absolutely right.

There's an excellent signature in black ink across a clear area of the image. A tiny piece of the top right corner tip is missing but overall condition is very good.

This photograph comes from the collection of John Street, an avid British fan who maintained a long correspondence with Karloff in the actor's latter years.

ref:16276  £500.00
Leigh, Vivien (and Burton and many others)

Leigh, Vivien (and Burton and many others)  (1913-1967)

Double Oscar-winning actress, immortalised by her portrayal of Scarlett O'Hara in Gone With The Wind (1939).

An extraordinary show business collectable - a part page cut from a wonderful visitors' book (8.5" x 8"), signed in ink on both sides by some of the biggest stars of film and television at the time, including Vivien Leigh,  Claire Bloom, Laurence Olivier, Richard Burton, Denholm Elliott, Paul Massie, Tommy Cooper and Geoffrey Keen.

ref:15830  £250.00
Lucan, Arthur (and Kitty Macshane)

Lucan, Arthur (and Kitty Macshane)  (1887-1954)

British music hall comedian, immortalised by his creation of Old Mother Riley, a comic Irish washerwoman.

A very fine signature in dark blue ink on a vintage album page (3.52" x 2.5"). The page is also signed in ink by Kitty McShane, who has added her character name, Kitty.

ref:16073  £40.00
Lugosi, Bela

Lugosi, Bela  (1882-1956)

Iconic Hungarian-American actor, best remembered for playing Count Dracula, on stage and in film

This is an extraordinary memento of the twilight years of a great Hollywood legend.

In the early 1950s a great British fan of horror, John Street, decided to write to his hero, Bela Lugosi, to tell him how wonderful his acting and his films were (and John Street’s fan letters were exceptional).

We can only imagine how the actor, largely forgotten by Hollywood, short of money, living in a rented dump in a rundown area of Los Angeles and with only Ed Woods interested in him, responded to John’s letter of praise. But we have a clue in the form of this vintage sepia photograph (about 6” x 4.25”) of Lugosi in his prime, boldly signed in green ink. We have further evidence in the actual envelope Lugosi used, which is signed in the same green ink (“B.Lugosi, 4601 Rodeo Lane, Los Angeles 16, California). The envelope has two British Queen Elizabeth stamps that John Street presumably enclosed, showing that his fan letter was sent after 1952.

The margins of the photograph have been trimmed and there are two small flecks missing from the surface of the lower right corner edge but overall condition is good. The envelope shows evidence that it was exposed to light rain, but Lugosi’s signature and address remain completely readable. (The yellow post-it is for collector privacy.)

A very rare treasure from the Ed Wood years.

ref:15243  £550.00
Mascagni, Pietro

Mascagni, Pietro  (1863-1945)

Great Italian composer, most famous for his opera Cavalleria Rusticana, premiered in 1890.

A fine vintage sepia postcard of the young Mascagni, signed and dated (London, 9.III.1912) in black ink across the image.

ref:16282  £195.00
Nureyev, Rudolf

Nureyev, Rudolf  (1938-1993)

Matchless Russian ballet dancer, director, choreographer and actor.

A very fine early black and white photograph (5.5" x 3.25") of the young Nureyev, boldly signed in green ink across the lower white panel. 

ref:15998  £60.00
Pacino, Al

Pacino, Al  (1940- )

Iconic American actor, one of the greatest in film history.

After studying at Lee Strasburg’s Actors Studio in 1966, Pacino learned his trade on stage and in a series of minor films until he hit the jackpot as Michael Corleone in The Godfather (1972). This earned earned him his first Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Since then Pacino has become a screen legend with a long string of excellent films.

This is a rare opportunity to obtain a REAL Pacino signature.
In June 1979 Pacino was appearing on Broadway at the Cort Theater in the title role in a production of Shakespeare's Richard III. This is a copy of the Paybill programme for that production with TWO authentic Pacino signatures - one in red ink on the cover, and a second, with an inscription ("To John, Al Pacino") on the cast page. Condition is excellent. The signature on the cover runs over a dark area and can be read only with difficulty. The signature on the cast page is fine.

There were times and circumstances when Pacino signed readily and with a signature that wasn't a ludicrous ink squiggle. "John" was lucky.

ref:15797  £350.00
Paderewski, Ignacy Jan

Paderewski, Ignacy Jan  (1860-1941)

Polish virtuoso pianist, composer, diplomat and politician, the third Prime Minister of Poland.
A very fine signature in black fountain pen ink on a 4.75" x 3.75" album page. Paderewski has added the date, December 1927.
ref:8235  £125.00
Sim, Alastair

Sim, Alastair  (1900-1976)

Droll, moon-faced Scottish actor and for the first decade of his adult life, a professor of elocution.

A superb signature in sharp pencil on a vintage album page (7" x 6.25") from a 1940's collection. In excellent condition. Perfect for display mounting.

ref:16237  £125.00
The Everly Brothers,

The Everly Brothers,   

American country-influenced rock and roll duo, known for steel-string acoustic guitar playing and close harmony singing.

An amazing Everly Brothers collectable - an original vintage copy of the sheet music for All I Have To Do Is Dream (12" x 9"), beautifully signed in ink by both brothers to the cover.

ref:16740  £350.00
Whitty, May

Whitty, May  (1865-1948)

Distinguished British actress

This is a superb glossy sepia vintage photograph (8" x 10) of May Whitty as Mrs Bramson in Night Must Fall (1937), nicely signed and inscribed ("To Eddy from May Whitty") in black ink. VERY RARE.

ref:16680  £250.00