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    Glenn Ford's Encased Eleanor Powell Dancing Shoes. Former wife of Glenn Ford and the mother of his only child, Eleanor Powell made the transition from the Broadway stage to Hollywood soundstage in 1935, where her stunning tap dancing skills quickly made her a star. Powell went on to star opposite many of the decade's top leading men such as Jimmy Stewart , George Murphy, Nelson Eddy, Robert Young, and Fred Astaire (who supposedly was a little intimidated by Powell, as she was considered the only female dancer capable of out-dancing him). This pair of fuchsia tap shoes was owned and worn by Powell opposite Astaire in the classic musical Broadway Melody of 1940. Preserved as a memento by Ford, they are encased in a 14.5" x 7.5" x 7.75" display box with a small plaque reading "Eleanor Powell/Broadway Melody 1940/MGM." The shoes are in Very Good condition with some wear and cracking from age and rigorous use, and are affixed to the case's wooden base by a screw through each heel. Powell's shoes are rarely available at auction, and these would be the first from the classic movie that made her a superstar. From the Glenn Ford Estate. Accompanied by a letter of provenance from Peter Ford.

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    October, 2008
    4th-6th Saturday-Monday
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