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90 year old Gary Cooper Scrapbook


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Hi all,

 

Not sure where this kind of post belongs so I'll just post in general discussions and hope it's the right place :P

Back in 2007 I came across a 90 year old Gary Cooper scrapbook. It was started back in 1927, the beginning of Gary's career, and it contains authentic letters written to/from Paramount, pictures, newspaper clippings, ads, movies stubs, etc. The woman who made this scrapbook collected all of this over a span of 34 years; the book ends in 1961, the year of his death.

A lot of dedication, love and detail went into this book and I'm really not sure what to do with it. It's in pretty good condition for being 90 years old; I feel like it's worth some money and should probably be in a museum somewhere but I'm not sure who to take it to to get it appraised. Anyone have any ideas?

 

Thanks!

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As an antique restorer & "dealer", it's my opinion you should contact an auction house that specializes in "Hollywood" memorabilia.

 

They will do all the advertising for you & your item will be marketed to your target audience. They take a percentage of the selling price as a "fee". You can always put a reserve on it if you're looking for a minimum amount.

 

But I know from experience you can advertise an item in trade magazines & stores for years without a nibble. If you're serious about selling it, let an expert do the work for you.

 

Reminds me of a scrapbook once given me to sell. Some guy made a model of Hollywood in the 30's or 40's and publicly displayed it. The scrapbook had newspaper clippings of course, but was also FULL of old Hollywood stars hand written comments & autographs. I recall only Gloria Swanson's signature because I too have her autograph.

But I remember it was just loaded with golden era star's autographs, like Cooper's, Norma Shearer, Judy Garland & the like. Wonder if the owner ever sold it?

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Hi all,

 

Not sure where this kind of post belongs so I'll just post in general discussions and hope it's the right place :P

Back in 2007 I came across a 90 year old Gary Cooper scrapbook. It was started back in 1927, the beginning of Gary's career, and it contains authentic letters written to/from Paramount, pictures, newspaper clippings, ads, movies stubs, etc. The woman who made this scrapbook collected all of this over a span of 34 years; the book ends in 1961, the year of his death.

A lot of dedication, love and detail went into this book and I'm really not sure what to do with it. It's in pretty good condition for being 90 years old; I feel like it's worth some money and should probably be in a museum somewhere but I'm not sure who to take it to to get it appraised. Anyone have any ideas?

 

Thanks!

I doan know. I have some celebrity autographs but I suspect they ain't worth much and the signatories are all deceased.

 

I got Dean Martin, Dom Deluise and Eva Gabor who was nice enough to also write "Lisa" for her green acres character.

 

I also have a victorian era 3-draw brass nautical telescope that may be worth a few hundred.

 

maybe you can get a few thou for that coop scrapbook. :)

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