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    Autographed photographs of Alma Bennett and Frank Finch-Smiles from The Lost World. In 1925's The Lost World, Alma Bennett played Gladys Hungerford, and Frank Finch-Smiles portrayed Austin, Prof. Challenger's butler. The picture of Ms. Bennettt is a delight, showing her in 1924 finery, coyly playing with a cat by a fireplace. The actress has signed, "To Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Hoping I am the Gladys of your dreams. With best wishes Alma Bennett." Ms. Bennett had misspelled "hoping" and has neatly crossed out an "e" she had placed in the middle of the word. Finch-Smiles, pictured looking directly at the camera in his safari garb, has written "To Sir Arthur Conan Doyle With regards of 'Austin' F Finch-Smiles." Finch-Smiles' career ended in 1929, Ms. Bennett's ended in 1930. 8x10 stills are set within an 11x14 bordered presentation, with photographer's name, James N. Doolittle, on the bottom right margin.Sentiments written to Conan-Doyle add to the desirability of these ultra-rare pieces.

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    April, 2006
    14th-15th Friday-Saturday
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    And Good Golly! What an amazing catalog for Stallone The Auction! This looks like something from the likes of Donald Trump -- huge, terrific, First Class, amazing, better than exceptional.
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    Falls Church, VA
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