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    Lionel Atwill Signed Photo. A vintage b&w 7.25" x 9" photo of Lionel Atwill in the title role of Deburau, his Broadway triumph of 1920, inscribed in black fountain ink: "Sincerely, Lionel Atwill." Atwill's portrayal of the French clown and mime was a dramatic sensation and established the British actor as a New York stage star with a "spellbinder" reputation. It's bizarre to see the famed horror star of Mystery of the Wax Museum and Son of Frankenstein in clown makeup; then again, this is a rather perverse-looking clown -- holding a knife! A sharp, clean signature on a marvelous study of Atwill, long before the Hollywood horror classics and infamous sex scandal. In Very Fine condition with studio stamp on the reverse. Accompanied by James Spence Authentication auction LOA.

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    February, 2009
    21st-22nd Saturday-Sunday
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