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Elizabeth Taylor's teen love letters in coming vintage Hollywood auction

April 25, 2011
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald Amherst, NH (SPECIAL) -Tinseltown memories abound in the RR Auction Remarkable Vintage Hollywood Auction, a special, one-week event that starts May 12. Nearly 650 items- including single signed photographs, multi-signed items, checks, documents, props and more - will be featured.

Elizabeth Taylor is fondly remembered in a rare and unprecedented treasure trove of 66 love letters—each beautifully scripted by a starry-eyed 17-year-old actress to her first fiancé. Written in 1949 following a Florida encounter, they encompass not only the emotions surrounding her first love but also her youthful insecurities.

A cornerstone of the auction originates from the estate of Saul Goodman, who began getting photographs signed as a young man in the 1930s and who continued his pursuit into the 1970s. These spectacular single-signed vintage images - many of them studio publicity photographs amassed in an era when most fans were only collecting signatures in autograph albums - nclude a youthful Humphrey Bogart; Clark Gable and Cary Grant; an angelic Judy Garland; Carole Lombard; Errol Flynn, dating from his Robin Hood days; as well as Charlie Chaplin, Gary Cooper, Frank Morgan, Basil Rathbone and Spencer Tracy.

Other vintage signed images include a sultry pose of Marilyn Monroe; Charlie Chaplin relaxing in character as The Little Tramp; Bela Lugosi signing a photograph not with his own name but with that of his alter ego Count Dracula; Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes; Marlon Brando from Guys and Dolls; another pose of Judy Garland, this time in character as Dorothy; and Bert Lahr as Oz's Cowardly Lion.

Also included are numerous autographed candid shots, hundreds of signatures of Hollywood's elite as they raise funds in the mid-1940s for the Motion Picture Relief Fund, a 1939 agreement securing Ingrid Bergman's services for Intermezzo (the film that made her a star overnight), a 1956 contract in which Lucy and Desi come to terms for the final season of their landmark I Love Lucy, Walt Disney's 1936 social security card, Hepburn's 1952 British driving permit, and a fantastic sketch of "The Little Tramp" drawn by none other than Chaplin himself.

Rounding out the star-studded catalog are a screen-worn Errol Flynn costume from the 1948 film Silver River, and Egyptian-style table props and wig stand from the 1963 epic Cleopatra.

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