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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).
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Charles is picky about quality - items generally are in very good condition indeed and any faults are carefully described in the text.
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.
Aubrey, Anne (1937- )Lovely British actress, mainly active in Warwick films in the late 1950s and very early 1960s, and in no less than nine Anthony Newley films.
A very pretty vintage late 1950s black and white photograph (8" x 10"), boldly signed and inscribed ("To Richard, My Best Wishes, Anne Aubrey") in blue ink across a clear area of the image.
With the photograph is a 2-page covering letter ("c/o Warwick Films, 3 Audley Square, London W1, 14/1/61"), handwritten in blue ink. She tells the fan that she has been filming "Carolina" (sic) for 5 months in Yugoslavia and is about to leave for South Africa to film The Hellions, with Richard Todd and Marty Wilde.
Bacall, Lauren (1924- 2014 )
Sultry American actress who made her screen debut opposite Humphrey Bogart in To Have And Have Not (1945) and subsequently married him.
An extraordinarily beautiful colour 8" x 10" photograph of the young Lauren Bacall, boldly signed across the image in black ink
Bankhead, Tallulah (1902-1968)
Extraordinary American actress, with a scandalous private life.
A very rare vintage black and white 8.25" x 6.75" fan magazine photograph (probably a very finely executed artist's impression, though it's been so well done that it's difficult to tell!), nicely signed in ink. The image has been neatly matted behind a stone-grey mount, with overall dimensions of 12" x 10.75", and is now ready for display framing.
Bardot, Brigitte (1934- )
Sultry French actress; archetypal sex kitten who was the first foreign-language star ever to attain a level of international success comparable to America's most popular homegrown talents.
A peachy vintage 1960s black and white photograph (5.5" x 3.25"), beautifully signed in period in blue ink with a superb example of her early signature.
Bastedo, Alexandra (1946-2016)
Lovely British actress, remembered most fondly for her role as Sharron Macready in the adventure series The Champions, which first aired on British television in 1968.
A peach of a black and white close-up photograph (8" x10") of the exquisite Alexandra Bastedo, boldly signed over a dark area of the image in silver ink.
Bogarde, Dirk (1921-1999)
Great British actor and author.
An excellent original vintage black and white/hint of sepia photograph (9.5" x 7.5"), publicising Bogarde's 1958 film, The Doctor's Dilemma, and featuring him with his co-star, Leslie Caron. The stills photographer on this film was the great Cyril Stanborough (1892-1960), who worked on many classic British films of the period, including Great Expectations (1946) and this photograph is from his own personal collection - it is nicely signed and inscribed to him ("To Cyril, best wishes and thanks from Dirk Bogarde 30.6.58") in blue ink across the image. There's an official Cyril Stanborough stamp to the reverse.
Cole, George (1925-2015)
Very fine British character actor, in some excellent films but probably most famous as the very dodgy Arthur Daley in television’s Minder series, which ran from 1979 to 1984.
A wonderful original vintage black and white publicity photograph (9.25" x 7.5") of Cole in the comedy Too Many Crooks (1959), as the gang leader "Fingers", disguised as a policeman, nicely signed in period across a clear area of the image.
Jacques, Serge (1927- )
Legendary French pin-up photographer and publisher of the French soft-porn magazine "Paris-Hollywood".
A vintage signed black and white photograph (a little larger than 8" x 10") of one of his favourite pin-up models, Betty Mars, wearing nothing more than a pretty pout. VERY RARE.
Maugham, W.Somerset (1874-1965)
British novelist and playwright.
A hardback first edition copy of his short story, The Book-Bag, published by G.Orioli in Florence in 1932. This is No.60 in a limited edition of 725 copies, printed on hand-made paper. (The short story was published as a private edition because Maugham's publisher at Cosmopolitan Magazine didn't like its theme of incest - it's a tangled love story of four people, two of whom are siblings).
The nicest thing about this book is the frontispiece - a photograph by Kollar of the J. Davidson bust of Maugham. In excellent condition, this is beautifully signed by the author in blue fountain pen ink and is one of the best examples of his signature I've seen.
Nolan, Sidney (1917-1992)
Australian painter, one of his country's best known and most famous for his iconic series of paintings of the Australian outlaw, Ned Kelly.
A very fine signature and inscription in blue ink on a 5.5" x 3.5" white card.
Perfect for display mounting.
Stratton, Eugene (1861-1918)
American-born music hall minstrel star, long in Britain; most famous for his songs Little Dolly Daydream and Lily of Laguna.
A superb vintage J.Beagles postcard, in blackface, boldly signed across the image in black fountain pen ink.