1926-1933. A seven-item lot from the career of silver screen icon Clara Bow, including six type 1 photographs and an autograph. These photos span the length of Bow’s brief but sensational Hollywood career.
Autograph: Bow’s autograph appears on a 6” x 4.5” piece of stationary. The blue ink inscription reads: “To Connie / Clara Bow”. In very good condition. Mild age-toning. Comes with a 8.25” x 10.75” reprint of the movie poster for the 1929 sound-film The Wild Party.
Photograph #1: An early studio photo of Bow in costume, taken in 1926 around the time she was making Mantrap. The photo measures 8” x 10” and is in very good- condition. Age-toning throughout, mild wear to edges and corners, slight warping, and a crease in the top right corner.
Photograph #2: A 3.75” x 6.25” type 1 studio photo, from around 1927. In very good condition. Verso has notation in blue ink, Wide World Photo stamp in black ink, and a file stamp from 1952.
Photograph #3: An 8” x 10” type 1 studio photo of Bow, seated on a chaise lounge. Likely taken in the early 1930s. In very good- condition. Age toning throughout, minor soiling to margins, and a crease at the bottom right corner. Verso has stamp from Wide World Photo, pasted caption, a use-date stamp of 1937 (when Bow was contemplating a return to pictures after a 3-year retirement), and an “Editorial Cut Order”.
Photograph #4: A type 1 silver gelatin photo taken in 1931. It shows Bow posing at the wheel of her luxury automobile. Measures 6.5” x 5.5” and is in very good condition. Minor soiling to margins. Verso has pasted caption (which mentions her recent “nervous breakdown”), a file stamp of June 3, 1931, and the stamp for International Newsreel.
Photograph #5: A type 1 silver gelatin photo of Bow posing with her father in June, 1931. Taken right before moving to Nevada to the ranch of Rex Bell, her soon-to-be husband. In very good condition, minor age-toning to right and top margin. Verso has blue stamp of International Newsreel, and a pasted caption that reads: “It was a new Clara or / perhaps the old Clara of seven years ago, that / started away from her Beverly Hills home for a / 350,000 acre ranch in Nevada. Clad in a tan polo / shirt, riding breeches and boots, her hair is / unusualy [sic] blonde, with scarcely a trace of its / natural, dark red. Clara is shown here bidding / har [sic] father good-bye. 6/14/31”.
A type 1 studio headshot taken during the production of Bow’s last film, Hoopla, in 1933. In good+ condition. Age-toning throughout, faint pin holes in each corner, slight warping at bottom edge, minor wear to edges, and a crease in the top left corner (largely confined to margins). Verso has numerous stamps, pencil notations, and pasted captions. Typed caption from studio states: “WATCH FOR HER -- Clara Bow will delight her many admirers / in her new Fox film, “Hoopla” in which her starring role / offers her an opportunity to reveal her talents as a / dancer. The role of the “It” girl’s lover is played by / Richard Cromwell.”
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