FRANCIS X. SHIELDS - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 289575
Sale Price $270.00
FRANK X. SHIELDS
Vintage photo of the contentious tennis star, inscribed in person to collector Saul Goodman
Photograph inscribed and signed: "To Saul/from/Frank X. Shields". B/w, 8x10. Collector's ink stamp on verso dates signature: October 7, 1939. Francis X. Shields (1910-1975) was a highly rated tennis star of the early 1930s, famous for his hi-jinx off the court. He never won a Grand Slam tournament, but reached the finals of the US, British and French Opens. Shields, whose son and biographer William X. Shields called him "the heavyweight champion of the nightclub brawl,"failed to show up for his scheduled final match at Wimbledon, either because of an injured leg or because of a romantic rendezvous, depending on which story you believed. The handsome, 6'6" Shields, grandfather of actress Brooke Shields, failed in his own bid for movie stardom, playing minor roles in seven films of the 1930s, but made Hollywood friends like Errol Flynn and Johnny Weissmuller. Saul Goodman (1919-2003), a New York business man by day, pursued his love of film and theatre in the evening, making friends with many celebrities. While other autograph seekers offered album leaves, Goodman presented stars with snazzy photographs, a rarity then, to sign in fountain pen. Corners worn and creased. Lightly toned around edges. Otherwise, Fine condition.
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