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    Boris Karloff at the Dakota and Premiere of Man of a Thousand Faces. At the time of his Broadway success in Peter Pan, Karloff moved into New York City's historic Dakota apartment house -- fated for fame as the location for Rosemary's Bay and the murder site of John Lennon. This 7.5" x 9.5" original shot shows Karloff in his Dakota flat, located high in the eaves of the building, the gothic rooftop visible through his window. Karloff maintained this apartment for the rest of his life and, with all the ghost stories associated with the Dakota, some suspect his specter still visits his old aerie. The lot also includes an original 6" x 8" still of Karloff and Evelyn attending the London premiere of Man of a Thousand Faces (1957), the Lon Chaney biopic starring James Cagney. Posing with the Karloffs is actress Shane Cordell, showing them her "fan of a thousand faces" that opens to reveal several Chaney characterizations. The original snipe notes that Karloff himself is " 'a man of a thousand faces' whose macabre makeups have won him world-wide fame." Both pictures have minor surface wear and creases and are in overall Very Fine condition. An intriguing lot. From the Boris Karloff Estate Collection. Accompanied by a letter of provenance from Sara Karloff Sparkman.

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    October, 2008
    4th-6th Saturday-Monday
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