The Joker (1965) by Albert Locca (Swiss/French, 1895-1966) This marvelous painting which Lucille Ball and Gary Morton dubbed "The Joker" (oil on canvas, 19.5" x 39.5", signed and dated at lower right) was perhaps the couple's most favorite painting in their collection. It hung prominently above the fireplace in the living room of their Rancho Mirage home, and Lucy was photographed smoking her ubiquitous cigarette in front of it. While the figure of the joker is male, he has a lean, lanky build that was very similar to Lucy's. Of course he also has the cigarette.

    Gary Morton once told his second wife, Susie Morton, that while Lucy had always played comic roles -- magnificent comedienne that she was -- she was actually afraid of clowns. While this "joker" is in white face, a make-up associated with clowns, he doesn't wear the clown mask. This distinction clearly made all the difference in the world to Lucy who enjoyed this wonderful character for many years. This lot will be accompanied by a letter of provenance from Susie Morton as the widow of Gary Morton, Ms. Ball's second husband. The lot is not offered by the estate of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz.

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