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    An Orson Welles Collection of Handpainted Christmas Cards, 1950s. Eight total, all rendered in gouache or colored ink on construction paper, depicting various images like Santa Claus, a winter window, etc., two without writing, six with Welles' handwritten inscriptions such as "From Orson / Merry Christmas!;" also included is a printed card from Welles and three handpainted envelopes (the 'candle' one holding the 'Santa' card); according to Beatrice Welles [Orson's youngest daughter], the cards that her father made were reserved for special friends and family only -- these ones in particular being mostly for immediate family members.
    5 1/2" x 8" and smaller

    PLEASE NOTE: Being offered in this lot is the original artwork in its physical paper form only. No copyright, reproduction, trademark, name or other rights of any kind are offered or conveyed, all of which are expressly reserved by the consignor.

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    Auction Dates
    December, 2013
    12th Thursday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 5
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