TONY HANCOCK - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 146733
Sale Price $144.00
Rare signature from the self-conscious British star on a 3½x5½ photograph
Photograph signed: "Tony Hancock", in black ink, B/w 3½x5½. English comedian and actor Tony Hancock (1924-1968) became popular during the 1950's and 1960's with the BBC series Hancock's Half Hour, first being broadcast on radio and then moved to television. The series lasted for seven years and over 100 episodes, and mostly just followed his fictionalized struggle as a comedian and actor, though some episodes had more sensational or comedic storylines. The show helped launch Hancock as a huge British star, and he became the first performer to earn £1,000 per half-hour show. However, despite his success, Hancock was very self-conscious of himself and his self-doubts began to tarnish his career and projects, and he eventually turned to alcohol to help ease his pains. In 1968, Hancock committed suicide by overdose, with one of his suicide notes reading "Things just seemed to go too wrong too many times". Large crease on left margin. Signature faded and slightly distorted, but legible. Small newspaper clipping on top left corner. Hole in top margin. Crease around pin hole. Ink notes (unknown hand) on verso. Lightly toned. Adhesive residue on verso. Otherwise, fine condition.
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