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    James Dean worn and weathered motorcycle boots. (ca. 1950s)Mid-calf length engineer-style motorcycle boots constructed of dark brown leather with interior "Chippewa Shoe Co." manufacturer label. These boots were given to actor Michael Christian by fellow actor Meade Martin and are accompanied with no less than (4) signed personal statements from people who knew and worked with Dean and know these boots. Entrusted to newly-discovered star and prime time "Peyton Place" regular, Mr. Christian was fortunate enough to frequent and associate with many of the group who knew and worked with James Dean. One of them, talent agent Bob Diamond, remembers that he, Martin and Christian lived in the same apartment building in Los Angeles in the early 60s when Martin gave the Dean boots to Michael. Actor Perry Lopez, who knew Dean from early 1954 writes that he "remembers the boots as being like the ones Jimmy used to wear around town" and "like other actors, a lot of wardrobe went home...after the shoots...Jimmy was no exception, especially if the wardrobe had some meaning to him..." Actor James Westmoreland (known as Rad Fulton at the time), a friend of Dean, Martin and Christian through the years and a one-time Warner Brothers contract player who dated Natalie Wood, also remembers the boots and their association. Extremely pleased by the gift, Mr. Christian proceeded to wear the boots in many of his productions during the years, including the feature film Where Angels Go Trouble Follows and Terror on the Beach, a movie of the week for television. Marvin Paige, noted film archivist and casting agent, recalls that Mr. Christian wore the boots in Warner's 2000 Years Later in 1967, and that he knew Meade, and had known Meade had given the boots to Michael. He further states that when Meade came to Hollywood in the 50s, he mingled with the new "young Hollywood crowd" of James Dean, Marlon Brando and Steve Rowland. The two instep straps with buckles were removed by Christian in the late 1960s and given to fans of James Dean, and, due to their extensive use, the boots have been re-soled numerous times. Provenance: Profiles in History Auction 6, June 26, 1999, Lot 116.

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    December, 2018
    11th Tuesday
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