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    Marian Marsh's "Trilby" Wig from "Svengali," and Others. Marian Marsh achieved her storybook heroine "look" in such melodramas as Svengali (1931), starring John Barrymore, and The Black Room (1935), starring Boris Karloff, with the aid of hairpieces. This lot features beautiful blonde hairlace pieces used by Marian in her vintage Hollywood days as a Warner Bros and (later) Columbia star. There are two boxes: the first contains the nearly-full blonde wig that Marian wore in Svengali as Trilby, to create the hairstyle of the character based on author George Du Maurier's original illustrations. There is also a hairpiece, presumably worn later in the film as the more sophisticated Trilby, containing a tag reading "Perc & Ern, Max Factor's Studios, Hollywood, No. 1156." Perc and Ern Westmore were the wigmakers; the Westmore family, of course, is legendary for its Hollywood cosmetic magic and Perc Westmore was Warner Bros. make-up chief for decades, including Marian's 1930-32 sojourn at the studio. The box features the name of Perc and Ern Westmore, as well as the name, address, and telephone number of "Max Factor's Make-Up Studios," along with a plug for the "'Percern' natural hairlace creations" and the notice "Property of Marian Marsh Number 1156." The second box (from Bullock's Westwood) holds three partial hairpieces, one a long braid, and one of the pieces has a tag from "Max Factor Studios." This box also has a decorative band of white cloth flowers and several small pieces of flower-like jewelry, obviously worn with the wiglets. There's also a tiny bottle of spirit gum for adhesion. It's possible Marian used one or more of these pieces in Columbia's 1935 The Black Room, to help capture the beautiful fairy tale princess appearance of her character Thea, menaced by Karloff. The lot includes a photocopy of a Svengali still in which Marian is we

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    Auction Dates
    October, 2007
    6th-7th Saturday-Sunday
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