BASIL RATHBONE - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 257423
Sale Price $450.00
Small signed b/w profile photo of Rathbone from the neck up in a suit-and-tie
Inscribed photo signed "To Mr Abell/Basil Rathbone". With pencil notations on verso in unknown hand. B/w, 4x4¾ overall, 3¼x4¼ image, one surface. Rathbone (1892-1967, born Philip St. John Basil Rathbone in Johannesburg, South Africa), who appeared on Broadway 23 times and won the 1948 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play (The Heiress), is also known for his film work in period costume dramas. He was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor for playing Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet (1936) and King Louis XVI in If I Were King (1938). Rathbone also appeared as Murdstone in David Copperfield (1934), Evremonde in Tale of Two Cities (1935), Pontius Pilate in The Last Days of Pompeii (1936), Karenin in Anna Karenina (1936) and Guy of Gisbourne in The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938). In 1939, he was cast as Sherlock Holmes in The Hound of the Baskervilles, the first of 14 screen appearances as Conan Doyle's master detective. Rathbone also played Holmes on radio from 1939 to 1946. Lightly toned and bowed. Signature is lightly smeared, and pen skipped while signing it, but it's still legible. Light tear near upper right corner. Light scratches and impressions on image (not visible head-on). Otherwise in fine condition.
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