CLARA BOW and REX BELL

Vintage 8×10 matte finish sepia tone dual chest-up portrait, circa 1933, boldly signed and inscribed in blue fountain pen, “To Grand Little Virginia Ann/Happy Birthday/My best always,/Clara Bow,” and additionally signed by Rex Bell.  Very fine condition.  Clara Bow and Rex Bell met on the set of True to the Navy (1930) and were married the following year.  The actress suffered several mental breakdowns and, following a brief institutionalization in 1949, she secluded herself in a small bungalow, where she would live with a nurse for the rest of her life.  Although the couple never divorced, they were effectively separated until Bell’s death in 1962.  This great image is the only jointly signed photograph that I have ever seen.

$500