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PRIME MINISTER BENITO (IL DUCE) MUSSOLINI (ITALY) - INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH MOUNT SIGNED 05/10/1926 - HFSID 38803

MUSSOLINI INSCRIBED A PHOTOGRAPH TO MARY PICKFORD!   BENITO MUSSOLINI. Large Photograph Mount inscribed and signed: "Alla Signora Mary Pikford/cordialmente/Roma 10 maggio 1926 Mussolini" in Italian. B/w, 15x22 overall, image 9½x15 (two surfaces). Photograph by V. Lavoisa, Roma.

Sale Price $3,400.00

Reg. $4,000.00

Condition: fine condition
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MUSSOLINI INSCRIBED A PHOTOGRAPH TO MARY PICKFORD!
 
BENITO MUSSOLINI
. Large Photograph Mount inscribed and signed: "Alla Signora Mary Pikford/cordialmente/Roma 10 maggio 1926 Mussolini" in Italian. B/w, 15x22 overall, image 9½x15 (two surfaces). Photograph by V. Lavoisa, Roma. Water staining on "cordialmente" and "maggio" does not affect the inscription, just stains the surface it's written on. Mussolini is known to have been a fan of Mary Pickford which he has spelled "Pikford". According to Eileen Whitfield in Pickford: The Woman Who Made Hollywood (1997), Pickford praised both Mussolini and Hitler. In the 1998 DVD Mary Pickford: A Life on Film, the filmmakers briefly mention Pickford's "momentary flirtation" with Mussolini's fascism. In 1923, Mussolini appeared in Samuel Goldwyn's film, The Eternal City. BENITO MUSSOLINI was Prime Minister of Italy from October 31, 1922 when he was asked by King Victor Emmanuel III to form a government, until July 25, 1943 when he was deposed. MARY PICKFORD, the most popular star of the silent era, co-founded United Artists in 1919 with D.W. Griffith, Douglas Fairbanks and Charles Chaplin. In 1940, Chaplin wrote, produced, directed and starred in The Great Dictator which parodied Hitler as Adenoid Hynkel and Mussolini as Benzino Napaloni. Photograph is lightly rippled, otherwise fine condition. Signature sheet is stained in two places at right blank margin.

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