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    Orson Welles Collection of Hand Drawn Christmas Notecards to Rita Hayworth (1940s). Twenty-one in total, all rendered in watercolor paint or fountain pen ink on various sizes of cream-colored card stock. Most depict images that Welles drew of Christmas trees, wreaths, Santa Claus, hearts, and the like. All have text written by Welles to his then wife, Rita Hayworth, sentiments such as: "for Mrs. O from Mr. O", "Mrs. Orson Welles", "for Maggie" [Welles' diminutive for "Margarita", Hayworth's birth name], "Dearest Baby Merry Christmas", "Merry Christmas from your husband", and other similar annotations. Evidently gift tags, all were saved by Hayworth in a manila envelope typed "Christmas notes to keep", along with a number of the original envelopes addressed to "Mrs. O.W." Pre-certified by PSA/DNA.

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    July, 2011
    29th Friday
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