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    Lionel Barrymore Signed Etching of Himself in Grand Hotel and Clarence Bull Portrait of Barrymore in David Copperfield. Lionel Barrymore was one of Hollywood's all-time brilliant character actors, and many believe his finest and most moving performance was as Otto Kringelein, the dying clerk in MGM's all-star Grand Hotel, the Best Picture Academy Award winner of 1932. Here is an etching Barrymore created of himself in the unforgettable role, holding a glass. Barrymore, whose printed name appears below the etching (numbered 13 of 25) as the artist, has inscribed in black ink, "To Gerald MacDonald Lionel Barrymore." In addition, the lot offers a wonderful 11" x 14" Clarence Sinclair Bull portrait of Barrymore as Dan Peggotty in MGM's classic David Copperfield (1935). The Grand Hotel etching has a small vertical tear in the middle of the top border and the bottom inch of the sheet has been folded. The David Copperfield portrait has an ink spot on the left border and a bit of light staining below it, all of which could be matted out. The back of the still is stamped "Kindly Credit - Photo by CLARENCE SINCLAIR BULL" with the still number penned below it. It also contains the original snipe, with the opening words, "POWERFUL AS HIS OWN ETCHINGS: LIONEL BARRYMORE...," which is fitting, considering the Barrymore etching offered in this lot. The two pictures offer the magic of MGM Studios in its glory years, the artistry of its ace still photographer and the versatility of a man who, for decades, was the lot's top-prized character actor. With COA from PSA/DNA.

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    Auction Dates
    April, 2006
    14th-15th Friday-Saturday
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