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    Greta Garbo "Christina" ermine trimmed velvet coronation robe by Adrian for Queen Christina. (MGM, 1933) Vintage original 156 in. long x 89 in. wide regal purple velvet and natural white ermine fur-trimmed robe embellished with crown-shaped gold bouillon brocade applique with artificial pearl accents. The natural white ermine collar creates the oversize shawl collar and borders the front closure and hem following the entire length of the long squared train. Natural ermine tails are dispersed as accents throughout the white ermine panels. A single hook and eye clasp closure is at the neck with the hook side missing. The robe is lined in beige silk. Queen Christina marked the triumphant return of Garbo to the big screen after an 18-month hiatus. While on holiday in Sweden, the actress read a treatment about the life of the monarch written by Salka Viertel. The young star was fascinated with the Queen who was the same age as her: 28-years old. The robe is highly visible worn by Garbo during the coronation/abdication scenes. Particularly striking cascading down the steps of the Queen's throne room and with the gold crown motif from the robe applique reflected in the draperies behind the throne. The legendary Adrian was costume designer for the pre-code period film that regarded details of the era being represented very important. Shockingly, Adrian was never nominated for an Academy Award as the costume category was not introduced during the time of his major work for the studios. The remarkable robe exhibiting production wear, use, handling, and age, with some shedding, missing pearls, loss of tails, fading, rubbing to the velvet, some calcifying to the gold thread. Some fragility to seams. In vintage very good condition. According to author Rhys Thomas' bookThe Ruby Slippers of Oz, for Debbie Reynolds, the holy grails of Hollywood costumery were Garland's ruby slippers and the purple Garbo cape offered here. Though Debbie sought desperately to acquire them, Rhys reports, she was ultimately unsuccessful, wrecking friendships in the process. This is the only authentic Garbo costume piece we have ever encountered, and certainly the only one of any significance to ever come to auction. Provenance: Formerly from the collection of Michael Shaw, obtained from David Weisz MGM curator Kent Warner.

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    December, 2018
    11th Tuesday
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