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    Sale 5425

    Pop Culture: Entertainment Memorabilia

    4 December 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 15

    Katharine Hepburn

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    Katharine Hepburn
    A series of eight autograph letters from Katharine Hepburn to artist Mimi Fogt, signed, four typescript letters, signed and one autograph postcard, the correspondence variously addressed (Dear Mimi, Dear Mimi & Alberto), variously frankmarked from Beverly Hills, California, New York and London, August 1966 - September 1994, altogether approximately 19 pages in autograph, four pages typed, a number on either Katharine Hepburn or Katharine Houghton Hepburn headed stationery, a few with corresponding envelopes; and two autograph letters, signed from American Express heiress Laura Harding to Mimi Fogt, one sent from Bayonet Farm, Holmdel. N.J [New Jersey] talks about Hepburn:
    -- ...Kate goes around N.Y. like royalty - doors open for her -- & she passes leaving a train of faces glowing with joy at having seen her -- Does this happen to other stars?... 4pp. with corresponding envelope (a lot)

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    William J. Mann, in his unauthorised biography of Katharine Hepburn Kate: The Woman Who Was Hepburn, alleges that Hepburn conducted affairs with both men and women including Laura Harding. Whether this allegation is spurious or not, the correspondence in this lot shows that they were friends between the 1960s until the 1990s. Hepburn frequently mentions Laura's name, her stroke and failing health.

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