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Circa 1930s Josephine Baker Vintage Signed Photo

Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $464.00

Extraordinary large-format matte-finish professional studio black-and-white presentation display photograph signed by Josephine Baker (1906-1975), American-born singer and dancer. This is an incredible and very artistically posed photograph of Josephine Baker by Morrey-Kormer Studios of New York. It has been beautifully signed in vintage lead pencil ("7") across her image. It is rare to find any professional studio photograph of this size and quality of Baker, let alone signed. Josephine Baker, who was of African-American descent, was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and originally rose to prominence as an entertainer by starring on Broadway during the early 1920s. In 1925 she moved to Paris and performed in the Folies Bergere, where she was famous for her popular Banana Dance. She later served with the French Red Cross in World War II and was active in the Resistance Movement. One of the era's most flamboyant figures, Baker was also a civil rights activist (she refused to perform in clubs that did not allow an integrated audience) and later adopted twelve children of different races, referring to them as her "rainbow tribe." The photograph (10.5 x 13.5) has the remnants of a trim of adhesive on the perimeter of the reverse from previously being framed and is otherwise in outstanding Near Mint condition. This is an extremely attractive signed photo, ideal for display, of one of the most legendary performers of the twentieth century. LOAs from James Spence/JSA and Steve Grad & John Reznikoff/PSA DNA. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$800. SOLD FOR $464.00

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