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    Two Photos of Mary Miles Minter. Is there something eerily attractive about this notorious silent screen star, or does that impression come from her sad history? Mary Miles Minter was swept up in the notorious 1922 William Desmond Taylor murder -- her love letters and lingerie were found in the dead director's bungalow -- and she never made another movie after 1924's ironically titled The Sainted Devil. While not an official suspect at the time, she's become a prime one since her 1984 death (at least one recent book has conjectured that she was the killer). These two lovely pieces on Ms. Minter include an 8" x 10" portrait on paper with a facsimile autograph, and a breathtaking 13" x 17" study, from the New York studio of photographer Edward Thayer Monroe (whose stamp is en verso, and whose signature appears in the upper left of the portrait). The 8" x 10" has a crease at the lower left area and the 13" x 17" has a tear at the upper right border, not protruding into picture. Both are in overall Fine condition and create, thanks to Mary's unusual beauty and what we know about her tragically terminated career, a genuinely haunting effect.

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    Auction Dates
    October, 2006
    6th-7th Friday-Saturday
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