Fantastic fountain pen self-portrait sketch of his instantly recognizable ‘Little Tramp’ character on an off-white 6.75 x 4 album page, signed and inscribed below, “To Richard B. Gelbert, From Charlie Chaplin, Nov. 20th 1920,” adding “me” with an arrow pointing to the sketch. In fine condition. A scarce and exceptionally desirable sketch by the iconic actor of his signature character. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.
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Rare First National Bank of Los Angeles check, 8.25 x 3, filled out and signed by Chaplin, “Chas. Chaplin,” payable to himself, “Chas. Chaplin,” for $50, January 22, 1916. Central vertical fold, expected cancellation holes (slightly affecting the top of his signature in the payee field), and a subtle stain to the upper right, otherwise fine condition. In addition to its very early date, this is the only Chaplin check we have ever offered—his debut in film came in 1914, and 1915 marked his emergence as a cultural phenomenon with the release of The Tramp. His popularity quickly exploded as he became the film industry’s first international star, and his contract with Essanay Studios expired at the end of the year. At the start of 1916 Chaplin was being courted by nearly every film studio, including Universal, Fox, and Vitagraph—soon, money would be no object. Just a month after writing this check, on February 27, 1916, he accepted an offer from the Mutual Film Corporation, guaranteeing him a whopping $670,000 per year to make him one of the highest-paid people in the world. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
Original vintage signed pencil self-portrait of his instantly-recognizable Little Tramp character on an off-white 4 x 1.75 card, signed in pencil, “‘Salutations,’ Charlie Chaplin,” adding “me” with an arrow drawn to the sketch. In very good condition, with scattered foxing and soiling, and a crease to the right edge. An exceptionally rare and desirable sketch the by iconic actor of his signature character. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
Extraordinary iconic vintage pearl-finish 5 x 7 full-length photo of Chaplin in his enduring role as the Tramp, signed in exceptionally bold fountain pen, “Faithfully, Chas. Chaplin.” In fine condition, with minor creasing to lower left border, in no way affecting the superlative signature or crystal-clear image. In his autobiography, Chaplin describes his very first transformation into Mack Sennett’s now legendary character, recollecting a very natural, almost instantaneous acclamation: ‘The moment I was dressed, the clothes and makeup made me feel the person he was. I began to know him, and by the time I walked onstage he was fully born.’ An exceedingly rare and prominently signed example of Chaplin as his iconic character—the pinnacle of early Hollywood autographed photos. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.