RUSS COLUMBO

Vintage 8×10 double-weight satin finish black and white chest-up portrait, boldly signed and inscribed in black fountain pen, “To Harry/Sincerely/Russ Columbo.”  Near fine condition, with two small pin holes at each corner; a date of Sept. 29th, 1932 penned in another hand in the bottom border; and two lengthy but mild bends in his shirt, one of the bends intersecting a few letters of his surname, but barely visible when the photograph is viewed head on.  Youthful crooner and songwriter Russ Columbo soared to popularity in the late 1920s and early 1930s, garnering his own radio show and a lucrative recording contract. He also made a successful foray into films and appeared headed for a successful movie career when he was killed in a freak gun accident in 1934 at the age of 27. Signed photographs are extremely uncommon.

$200