24 June 2004
GRETA GARBO HANDWRITTEN LETTER TO GILBERT ROLAND
A three page letter handwritten in pencil by the actress to the actor when he was serving in the Army. Postmarked "Dec 4, 1943/1:30 PM/New York, N.Y.," this note reads as a 'Dear John' letter to Gilbert; she writes in part "I will be unable to see you for many reasons. Please forgive me but I can not help it. But I am afraid you will have to leave it to fate. Please don't be sad." Included is the original transmittal envelope, also pencilled in Garbo's hand, reading "Lieut. Gilbert Roland/Station Hospital Fortmyer/Virginia 10."
7 x 5 1/2 inches
This letter is one of thirteen that was originally sold in the December 18, 1995 Christie's (East) auction titled "Film and Television Memorabilia;" Sale 7821, Lot 228, Page 78 of that catalogue; final price realized was $17,250.
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