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    Two Boris Karloff Portrait Negatives. This lot of two striking 8" x 10" Karloff portraits date from the early 1930s, as he was winning screen immortality as Frankenstein's Monster and the Mummy. One shows the actor smoking a pipe, looking intently at the camera -- a handsome "movie star" study that Karloff selected as the picture he signed in the early 1930's in response to fan mail. The other portrait shows Boris, again with pipe, this time in his striped Hollywood Cricket Club jacket, posing with his cricket paddles. The star is presumably at his Toluca Lake home, and in the background one can see the bust Ivan Simpson sculpted of Karloff (negatives of which are also offered in this auction). Both shots dynamically capture the Karloff star mystique and are in Excellent condition. From the Boris Karloff Estate Collection. Accompanied by a letter of provenance from Sara Karloff Sparkman.

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    Auction Dates
    February, 2009
    21st-22nd Saturday-Sunday
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