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    Buster Keaton's personal portable 35mm movie camera. (ca. 1920s) William Randolph Hearst was a very private person, yet his ingénue, Marion Davies, loved parties. When Hearst built his mythical Castle, hoping to somewhat isolate himself from the chaos of life, Davies insisted that they celebrate with a huge weekly guest list. There was so much to see and do that Marion created expensive and elaborate parties with thoughtful gifts based upon her guest's personal interests. Serious filmmakers might have been gifted beautiful still or motion picture cameras. Although this public intrusion concerned Hearst, for a time he allowed guests to photograph the Castle and its guests (within reason). Several of these gifts remain. Ms. Davies gifted Buster Keaton this Devry Lunch Box camera, which he used to photograph his antics while at the Castle. By today's standards it is somewhat large (7 x 4 x 8.5 in.), but its size allowed it to accommodate a 100 ft. spool of 35mm film and even an additional lens within the body. It was a great party favor that Keaton himself carried around when location scouting. Engraved "B. Keaton Films '26" on the metal interior panel. Bert Haines, Keaton's cinematographer on The General, confirmed the details regarding this camera. In vintage, very good condition. Special shipping arrangements will apply. Comes with a letter of provenance from Roy H. Wagner, ASC.

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    May, 2014
    17th Saturday
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