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Autograph was obtained in-person while Dean was filming "East of Eden" on location in Salinas, CA on June 4, 1954. Purchased from well respected William Hughes of Executive Collectibles Gallery of Newport Beach, CA in 1997. Mr. Hughes has worked in the collectibles field for over 45 years, including Vice President of the Collectibles Division of Greg Manning Auctions, and has consulted with many of the major auction houses, being called upon to authenticate and appraise memorabilia. He was instrumental in putting the deal together between Greg Manning Auctions & Butterfield's and the rock band Kiss for the sale of the vast majority of their career-collected memorabilia. He was also involved in the deal that brought Nicolas Cage's comic book collection to the auction block.
Third image is of the actual autograph when it was offered for sale in the 1997 Executive Collectibles catalog. Comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Autographics.
American actor (1931-1955) best known for his roles in East of Eden, Rebel Without a Cause, and Giant. His untimely death in a high-speed car crash elevated him to the status of Hollywood legend. More than half a century after his death, authentic Dean autographs are highly sought after.
Very fine condition with expected toning. Autograph has been stored in an acid-free folder with archival polyester film for over 20 years.
**IF THIS LISTING IS ACTIVE, THEN THE ITEM IS STILL AVAILABLE. SERIOUS INQUIRIES ONLY.