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    Coat Jacket Worn by James Dean in "East of Eden." This heavy brown wool sport coat was worn by Dean in East of Eden, his first lead role and the only film to feature him as such that was released during his lifetime. Based on the novel by John Steinbeck, who felt that Dean had been perfectly cast as Cal Trask, a role that paralleled Dean's troubled relationship with his father and resonated with the young actor. He became known on the set for his improvised contributions to the script (often to the consternation of the cast and crew) and some of the most famous scenes in the film were his additions to the script. He would later receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role (the first posthumous acting nomination in Academy Awards history.) It was one of a number of roles that Dean beat out Paul Newman for (ironically, after his death, Dean's next two roles went to Newman). Also included is an 8" x 10" promo still from the movie featuring Dean wearing the jacket. Both are in Excellent condition with minimal wear. From the James Dean Museum archive.

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    October, 2006
    6th-7th Friday-Saturday
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