the William Collier family The items in the following section originate from the personal collection of the Collier family, members of which were active in showbiz for over a century. William Collier, Sr., (1864–1944) began a very successful stage acting career at just eleven years old as part of Eddie Foy’s troupe. His first appearances on the silver screen came in Mack Sennett shorts, and he went on to act in over 40 films, including Up the River, The Murder Man, and Disputer Passage. His son, William ‘Buster’ Collier, Jr., (1902–1987) followed in his footsteps, beginning a prolific acting career at age four. Although his film career began with silent movies, he successfully transitioned to ‘talkies,’ becoming a popular leading man—he ultimately appeared in over 80 films, including Little Caesar, Cimarron, and Street Scene. Associated with a remarkable array of personalities, William ‘Buster’ Collier, Jr. one of the young Collier’s closest friends was Buster Keaton, and William Randolph Hearst, Jr., served as his best man when he married Ziegfeld girl Marie Stevens. In addition to the actors themselves, a number of these items are inscribed to Buster’s daughter, Chatty. Featuring many of the greatest stars of the era and holding close personal Hollywood associations, this is one of the most extraordinary entertainment collections we have come across.
1357. Marion Davies.
Actors. Three vintage
matte-finish photos, 8 x 10 and 10 x 8, each signed and inscribed to a member of Collier’s family by the actor or actress pictured. Signers are: Dana Andrews, Lizabeth Scott, and Walter Huston. In overall fine condition, with tack holes to borders of the Andrews photo. Accompanied by certificates of authenticity from PSA/DNA for the Huston and Andrews photos. Provenance: William Collier Family Collection. RR Auction COA.…(MB $100)
1356. Actors and Actresses. Six vin-
tage ink signatures of different actors and actresses on sheets and album pages of various sizes, most inscribed to “Chatty.” Signers are: Maureen O’Hara, Red Skelton, Joan Blondell and Dick Powell, Jane Wyman, and Danny Kaye. The Skelton and Kaye signatures are affixed to larger scrapbook pages. Most album pages bear toned tape to edges, otherwise overall fine condition. Provenance: William Collier Family Collection. RR Auction COA.… (MB $100)
Stunning vintage mattefinish 8 x 10 publicity photo of Davies, signed and inscribed in fountain pen, “To Stevie, with love, from Marion.” In fine condition, with slightly trimmed edges. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from PSA/DNA. Provenance: William Collier Family Collection. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.…(MB $200)
1358. Marion Davies.
Pretty vintage matte-finish 8 x 10 publicity photo, signed and inscribed in fountain pen, “To Stevie, with lots of love, from Marion.” In fine condition, with slightly trimmed edges. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from PSA/DNA. Provenance: William Collier Family Collection. Precertified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.…(MB $200)
Published on Jun 26, 2013
Published on Jun 26, 2013
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