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    Theda Bara Cleopatra Long Pearl Bra and Jewel Tassel, and Salome Gold Pantaloons with Pearls. 1918's Salome, in some film historian's judgement, surpassed Cleopatra. Indeed, Theda Bara threw herself passionately into the role of the infamous biblical temptress, causing a sensation. This lot presents pieces from both Cleopatra and Salome -- the Queen of the Nile's plunging bejeweled bra, and Herod's stepdaughter's gold pantaloons with pearls. Faux jewels, multi-colored stones - and realize that enjoying these costumes in color was never possible for anyone who ever saw these long-lost black and white films. The 90-year old costume pieces are in amazingly good shape, having been lovingly created for a Silent Screen superstar and truly standing the tests of time. Very Good condition. These costumes capture all the gaudy splendor of early Hollywood movie-making, and have the distinction of having been actually worn by one of the great legends of the screen in all her vampy splendor in two of her most famous roles. Theda personally presented these costumes to the consignor shortly before her 1955 death. Magnificent! From the Joan Craig Costume Archive of Theda Bara. Accompanied by a letter of provenance from Joan Craig.

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    October, 2008
    4th-6th Saturday-Monday
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