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    Howard Hughes personal Panama hat in original Oviatt's Beverly-Wilshire hat box. (ca. 1930s) High quality Panama hat crafted of finely woven South American toquilla palm straw. Features interior "Made In Ecuador" stamp (all genuine Panama hats are only made in Ecuador, contrary to their name). Features supple brown leather inner hatband and comes with the original hatbox with "Oviatt's Beverly-Wilshire / The Beverly-Wilshire Hotel Bldg. / Beverly Hills, Calif. / Crestview 0101" label with Hughes' handwritten address "Mr. Howard Hughes / 211 So. Muirfield Rd / L.A." Hughes first leased the palatial 30-room Muirfield Road mansion in 1926 where he and wife Ella Rice Hughes intended to live. He chose the Hancock Park address due to its proximity to the Wilshire Country Club where he played golf. After the marriage dissolved, actress Billie Dove moved in; later, Katharine Hepburn took over as mistress of the household. An extraordinary 1930s fashion accessory from the dashing aviator/movie mogul/industrialist. Hat exhibits even toning and remains in fine condition. From the personal collection of Howard Hughes.

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    July, 2020
    23rd Thursday
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