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    Theda Bara Carmen Wig and Salome Hairpiece. In his poem The Vampire, Rudyard Kipling describes that sexy, wicked creature of the title as "a rag and a bone and a hank of hair." Here are two "hanks of hair" once worn by Theda Bara, the silent screen's most infamous "vampire." There is a full blonde wig with center part and cascading tendrils, the longest tumbling a seductive 30" from the crown. Joan Craig, who personally received this archive as a gift from Theda shortly before the star's death in 1955, recalls Theda identifying the blonde wig as being from Carmen (1915), in which Theda played the alluring Gypsy of the title. The other is a hairpiece of black tendrils, falling 18" from the tie-string attachment, and was part of Theda's lethal pulchritude as Salome (1918), one of her greatest hits. The wigs are human hair, especially made for Theda by her mother, a professional wig-maker by trade. These are strange but oddly compelling items, and Theda Bara surely vamped in these wigs with her most passionate "Kiss me, my fool!" abandon. In Very Good condition. From the Joan Craig Costume Archive of Theda Bara. Accompanied by a letter of provenance from Joan Craig.

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