ROBERT L WHITTINGTON - ORIGINAL ART UNSIGNED 1929 BUT SIGNED BY FRED ASTAIRE - HFSID 274953
Sale Price $396.00
FRED ASTAIRE AND ROBERT L. WHITTINGTON
The actor signs his name on a 3½x5½ original art piece, drawn but unsigned by Robert L. Whittington.
Original art signed: "Fred Astaire/29", 3½x5½, affixed to a card (2 surfaces). Fred Astaire (1899-1987), born Frederic Austerlitz, Jr., began his career touring in the vaudeville circuit with his sister, Adele, as a dancing partner. After many stage hits, he was given a screen test resulting in the famous verdict: "Can't act. Slightly bald. Can dance a little." In the 1930s, Astaire was paired with Ginger Rogers in ten films, and he continued to dominate musical films in the 1940s. Astaire was a recipient of a special Academy Award in 1949 for his contribution to films, and he was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for The Towering Inferno in 1974. Pen and ink drawing by Robert L. Whittington, who sketched celebrities from the Golden Age of Hollywood. The artist does not sign his piece. Toned. Drawing is slightly soiled. Mounting sheet is lightly creased at edges. Otherwise, fine condition.
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