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Chevalier presents one of his trademark ‘Boater’ hats 315. Sammy Davis, Jr.

Davis’s personally-owned straw ‘Boater’ hat with a blue band, made by A. E. Olney and Co. Ltd., of Luton, and imprinted on the lining in gold lettering, “Made expressly for Maurice Chevalier,” and signed and inscribed on the lining in black felt tip, “For Sammy—Merci, Maurice, Paris.” Moderate brushing to signature and illegible date, otherwise fine condition. The ‘boater’ hat was a Chevalier trademark, as he always wore one on stage with his tuxedo. Chevalier was known to do a spot-on impression of Davis at times. The men were great friends, with Chevalier gifting Sammy this hat in 1960, an event documented in the book Sammy Davis, Jr.: Me and My Shadow by Arthur Silber, Jr. (Samart Enterprises, September 1, 2003). Sammy later utilized the wardrobe piece in his act. Though the image we have of Sammy in this hat is actually from 1981, he likely wore the hat much earlier at a time when he was still doing his impressions. It has been said that the legendary entertainer quit performing them when Red Skelton teased him that his impression act only consisted of deceased people. Provenance: Hat was originally given to family friend Al Carter by Davis’s wife Altovise after his death in 1990. Carter was an entertainer and part of an opening act for Davis under the name Carter & Channel. RR Auction COA.…(MB $200)

Sammy’s custom Gucci tap shoes

316. Sammy Davis, Jr. Davis’s personally-owned and worn Gucci tap shoes. Gucci loafers are stamped on the bottom and fitted with “Super S” taps on the toes, and “Super H10,” taps on the heels. The shoes were most likely used for practice or just for laughs. In fine condition, with expected wear and scuffing to soles from use. Davis was an extremely talented tap dancer for most of his life, beginning at the age of seven when he made his movie debut in the 1933 comedy short Rufus Jones for President. RR Auction COA.…(MB $200)

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Headquartered in Amherst, NH, RR Auction is globally recognized as the trusted source for authentic autographed memorabilia and rare signed...