BELA LUGOSI (1882 – 1956) signed 6,7″ x 8,7″ early sepia portrait in black fountain pen ink.
Bela Lugosi began his stage career in 1901 and started appearing in Hungarian films from 1917 (as Arisztid Olt). In 1920 he emigrated to the USA, shooting to fame when he played Count Dracula in the legendary 1927 Broadway stage adaptation of Bram Stoker’s novel. In 1931 he appeared as the immortal Count in Tod Browning’s film version. The rest is history.
This early (dated : XI 11 1917) double-weight portrait was signed and dedicated to famous Hungarian actress Bajor Gizi (1893 – 1951) : “For Gizi(ke) / with collegial love / your admirer / Bela Lugosi”.
This signed portrait comes from her heritage.
Very good condition given its age. The back of the portrait shows remnants of glue / mounting , some slight paper loss (not in any way affecting the front of the portrait) , some writing in pencil.