DIEGO RIVERA - COLLECTION WITH PAULETTE GODDARD - HFSID 288352
Sale Price $3,230.00
DIEGO RIVERA and PAULETTE GODDARD
The famed Mexican artist sells his painting "Calla Lillies" to the actress. This collection includes the original invoice, signed twice by Rivera, and a customs document also signed by him, as well as two pieces signed by Goddard, who experiences frustrating delays and damages to the painting as it transits US customs. Some of this archive references Charlie Chaplin, from whom Goddard was getting divorced. Rivera and Goddard may have numbered each other among their many romances.
Collection includes: 1) Document signed twice: "Diego Rivera", 2 pages (front and verso), 8x10½. Mexico Federal District, 1942 February 19. Invoice of Purchased Material, attesting that the oil and tempera painting "Calla Lillies," painted by Rivera in Mexico, has been sold to Paulette Goddard of Beverly Hills, California for $1,000, plus $20.50 for packing, shipping, insurance, and customs clearance. The document has also been signed by a US consular officer. Staple holes at top left corner. Two filing holes at top. Otherwise, fine condition. 2) Document signed: "Diego Rivera", 8x10½. Mexico City, 1942 February 19. Declaration on a US Foreign Service form, attesting that Rivera was the original painter of this artwork. Also signed by the US Vice Consul. Staple holes at top left corner. Two filing holes at top. Otherwise, fine condition. 3&4) Carbon documents signed in ink: "Paulette Goddard", 1 page, 8½x11. Identical copies of a document dated 1942 March 18, reading in full: "This is your authority to turn over all necessary documents for clearance on one oil painting and any future shipments to William X. Huber & Company. Thank you very much. Very truly yours". Two filing holes at top. One document slightly torn at right side. With a paper clip mark at right side. Otherwise, fine condition. 5) Photograph signed "Paulette Goddard". B/w, 7¼x9 overall, 7½x9½ image, one surface. Matted to 11¾x13¾ in a pink-and-blue matt. Paramount Pictures publicity photo. ©1948 Paramount Pictures. Captioned: "PAULETTE GODDARD in PARAMOUNT PICTURES". Photo is lightly toned and creased, with light scratches and impressions. Worn edges on Matt. Otherwise in fine condition. Not Matted In Gallery Of History Style. 6) Various unsigned documents: Eighteen in total, all dated between December 20, 1941 and June 20, 1942. Including: Various typed letters, telegraphs, carbon copies from U.S. Customs and custom house brokers, all regarding the shipment of "Calla Lillies" from Mexico City to Goddard's home in Beverly Hills; three typed letters from the Secretary to Miss Goddard to a Miss Runser c/o Charlie Chaplin Studios asking Chaplin to sign a original painting Affidavit and acknowledging that Goddard will bear any and all expenses in connection with the items being shipped by Rivera to Goddard (all dated in March, 1942); two telegrams (both dated March 1942) concerning damage to "Calla Lillies" while in transit; and three letters concerning Goddard's lending of three Diego paintings to Bullock's Store of Los Angeles for an exhibit (May and June 1942). All in overall fine condition. DIEGO RIVERA (1886-1957) was a Mexican painter and muralist whose imagery reflected his politically radicalism and anti-clericalism. (He was expelled from the Mexican Communist Party, and Soviet exile Leon Trotsky lived in his home for a time. Rivera, a notorious womanizer, had two tempestuous marriages to fellow artist Frida Kahlo (1929-1939, 1940-1954). He was commissioned to make several large-scale murals in the US, causing a furor with their left-wing imagery. (His "Man at the Crossroads" in Rockefeller Center was destroyed after viewers complained that it included a heroic image of Lenin.) PAULETTE GODDARD (1910-1990), a child model and Ziegfeld girl, was a major star at Paramount in the 1940s. She won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in So Proudly We Hail (1943). Her marriages included actors Charlie Chaplin and Burgess Meredith, and German author Erich Maria Remarque. There remains uncertainty about whether Goddard and Chaplin were legally married, but her appearances in his films (Modern Times, 1936; The Great Dictator (1940) certainly boosted her career.
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