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    A Mae West Beautiful Hand-Painted Black and White Porcelain Photograph, Circa 1932. Depicting the star in what is probably the best-known headshot of her 50+ year career, printed onto a piece of porcelain with delicate hand-painted details, housed in its original brass frame with concave glass; together with 11 other small framed photographs that were on display atop the star's piano in her famous Ravenswood apartment on Rossmore Avenue in Los Angeles including: 1) a black and white image of the baby Mae [then Mary Jane]; 2) a black and white image of a NYC theatre marquee showing a West film; 3) a color snapshot of a man [possibly Paul Novak, her longtime companion]; 4) a black and white cut-out image of West in the 1930s; 5) a hinged double-frame with black and white images of West's parents [John Patrick West and Matilda Delker]; 6) a black and white image of West in the 1960s; 7) a colorized image of West's father; 8) the same image of West's father but black and white; 9) a colorized image of West's mother; 10) the same image of West's mother but black and white; and 11) a color image of a European building; included with a signed 'Letter of Provenance' from John West, Mae's nephew.
    Porcelain photograph: 4" x 3 1/2"; Others framed: 11" x 9" and smaller

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    Auction Dates
    June, 2016
    24th-25th Friday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 3
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