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    Sir Alec Guinness Condolence Letter to Mrs. Boris Karloff. The famed actor Sir Alec Guinness wrote this condolence letter to Mrs. Boris Karloff, dated April 12, 1969 and handwritten in black ink on his 6.25" x 8" personal stationery. It reads in part: "We were so distressed to hear of Boris's death and knowing what anguish you must be in - please accept our heartfelt condolences. I do wish I had known him better. I liked him so very much and so greatly admired him. His passing is a sadness for us all...Yours ever, Alec." Also included is the original hand-addressed stamped envelope, postmarked Petersfield, April 13, 1969; Mrs. Karloff wrote "Alec G." in the return address area and added a check mark beside the name. Letter and envelope are in Excellent condition. An interesting time period for Sir Guinness, equidistant between his Oscar-winning performance in The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) and his Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars (1977). From the Boris Karloff Estate Collection. Accompanied by a Letter of Provenance from Sara Karloff Sparkman. Accompanied by James Spence Authentication auction LOA.

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