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Auction History Result

7x0066 LUPE VELEZ signed 9x11 agreement + 8x10 '27 over lawsuits about her being in The Gaucho!

Date Sold 6/19/2016
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An Autographed Agreement (measures 8 1/2" x 11"; 8 pages). Also included is an original vintage 8" x 10" still (see below). (Learn More)

Lupe Velez was a well loved Mexican actress during the late 1920s to the early 1940s and best remembered as Carmelita Lindsay in the "Mexican Spitfire" series of movies. Her romantic life, however, was a disaster (including a battling on again, off again marriage with Johnny Weissmuller), so much so that in 1944, she committed suicide with sleeping pills while pregnant with her first child. Lupe was 36. Some of her movies include: Kongo, The Half Naked Truth, The Gaucho, The Squaw Man, Mexican Spitfire Out West, Mexican Spitfire, and the Girl from Mexico.
Important Added Info: Note that this agreement has been personally autographed (signed) by Lupe Velez! This is an agreement from 1927 when Miss Velez was hired by Frank Woodyard, who had represented Miss Velez with Hal Roach Studios, and who was now loaning her to Douglas Fairbanks Picture Corporation, to appear with Mr. Fairbanks in The Gaucho! This agreement tells a fascinating story about all the "behind the scenes" wheeling and dealing in Hollywood. The 8 pages of the tell the story of how Mr. Woodyard signed Lupe Velez to a contract, and then signed a contract for her with Hal Roach. Roach was lending her to Douglas Fairbanks for The Gaucho, but Velez apparently recognized that she was getting a real raw deal (with Woodyard and Roach getting big chunks of her salary), and she was suing Woodyard saying that she was under 18 when she signed with him, and the contract was invalid! Woodyard was in turn suing Roach and Fairbanks. This agreement called for them to pay Woodyard quite a bit of money to drop his lawsuits and to give up all rights to Velez. It even is signed on a separate sheet by Woodyard's wife, Phoebe Woodyard, who also dropped any claims SHE might have! What a fascinating story! Also included is a great 8" x 10" vintage still from The Gaucho showing Miss Velez with Douglas Fairbanks Sr. Note that we have photographed the cover and the first page of the agreement, as well as the page with the signatures. We did not photograph the remaining pages, but you can see above how many pages there are in all, and we also photographed the included still.

Note that our consignor has been a memorabilia dealer for the past 30 years, and he tells us that he is certain this autograph is authentic. In some cases he obtained the autographs in person, and in other cases (like with contracts and agreements), it is obvious the signatures are authentic, but he vouches for the authenticity of every item that he has consigned to us, and we also feel certain that the autographs are authentic.

Condition: very good to fine. The agreement was lightly folded several times, but is in nice condition. The still has some pretty minor border wear and a piece of tape on the back of the bottom left corner (see our images).
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