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    A Bette Davis Prop Oil Painting from "Mr. Skeffington." Warner Bros., 1944. Rendered on canvas, depicting a beautiful and idealized portrait of the star as "Fanny Trellis Skeffington;" housed in an ornate gilt-painted wooden frame; seen throughout the film, this portrait plays an important role in conveying "Mr. Skeffington's" [Claude Rains] undying love for "Fanny" and the movie actually ends with a close-up on it: the two leads (now as an elderly couple) walk up the staircase as they dissolve into a shot that slowly zooms into the portrait -- then end of film! Interestingly, both Davis and Rains were nominated for Oscars in this sentimental tearjerker -- in the categories of 'Best Actress in a Leading Role' and 'Best Actor in a Supporting Role,' respectively. (Please note there is fine cracking to the surface of the painting, areas of age to the top right, and several pinholes in the canvas; also, there is wood loss to the frame.)
    Framed: 44" x 34"; Work only: 36" x 24"

    PROVENANCE:
    Perc Westmore, make-up artist on this film, obtained this work after production wrapped; Westmore then willed the painting to his stepson who was also a Hollywood make-up artist, Robert Leslie Hickman (known as "Beau"); Hickman then willed this piece to his heirs who have now consigned it to this auction. At some point, the canvas was substantially trimmed down -- in the film, the entire chair "Fanny" sits on as well as the fan she holds in her left hand can be seen but now those sections are gone. The family speculates that Westmore himself had it trimmed shortly after receiving it in 1944 as they remember it always being this smaller size.


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