Ernest Hemingway Signed 1950 portrait

04 Mar

Vintage matte-finish photo of Hemingway and his fourth wife, Mary, engaged in conversation with another man, his business card in Mary’s hand, trimmed to a size of 9 x 9, signed and inscribed in black ink to the photographer, “For Bill Wasile from his friend, Ernest Hemingway 6/4/50.” Reverse bears a Wasile photographer’s stamp. The photo has been professionally restored—mostly in the area of Hemingway’s hand and sleeve, where very well-done color application has filled in missing portions of the image—and is archivally double-matted and framed to an overall size of 16 x 16. In fine condition, with some light creasing along top portion, slightly affecting beginning of inscription. Three months after signing this photo, Hemingway released his novel Across the River and into the Trees. Uncommon in signed portraits of any size—and much more so in oversized examples—this is a highly desirable image of the masterful American author. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.


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