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    Basil Rathbone Signed Photo from "Tower of London". A stunning original 8 "x 10" portrait of Basil Rathbone as Richard III in Universal's Tower of London (1939), signed in black fountain ink to his co-player Donnie Dunagan, "To Donnie a grand actor with love from Basil Rathbone." Many believe Rathbone to have been the silver screen's greatest all-around villain (as well as its definitive Sherlock Holmes), and his sly, "crookback" Richard III was one of his most evil cinema scoundrels, played at the apex of Rathbone's Hollywood career. Rathbone and Dunagan, of course, had acted together previously in Son of Frankenstein and this portrait's warmly inscribed presentation shows the ongoing genuine affection that existed between the star and the child actor (then five years old). There are pinholes in each corner of the picture's border and a very slight smudge in the "h" in "with" in the inscription - otherwise it's in Excellent condition. It's hard to imagine a signed Rathbone picture that illustrates more vividly his magic as an actor and kindness as a gentleman. From the Donnie Dunagan Archive.

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    Auction Dates
    October, 2007
    6th-7th Saturday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 2
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