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    Fred Astaire's Top Hat from "Top Hat." This classy black silk top hat was worn by legendary dancer Fred Astaire opposite Ginger Rogers in the 1935 romantic musical comedy Top Hat. Considered their definitive film together, it was the first written specifically for them, and featured the classic "Top Hat, White Tie and Tails," which remains one of Astaire's finest solo numbers. The movie earned $3 million at the box office (a very substantial amount at the time), the only other film in 1935 to outgross it being Mutiny on the Bounty. As a matter of fact, it and King Kong helped rescue RKO from bankruptcy. The titular chapeaux is collapsible for easy storage and comes in the original hatbox, which is labeled "RKO, Fred Astaire, Top Hat 1935, Store in Archives" on the inside of the lid. In Excellent condition with only the slightest bit of wear around the edge of the crown. Accompanied by COA from L.A. Prop & Wardrobe Co.

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    October, 2006
    6th-7th Friday-Saturday
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