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*I was hoping somebody could give me some information on some Orry Kelly Items I own. My wife's grandfather was one of the head costume guys at MGM in the late 50s early 60s and we have a few original costume design watercolor paintings of Gene Kelly and other scenes from what we believe is An American In Paris. One is signed by Orry Kelly but some of the others appear to be his also. We have 5 or 6 of these. I can send pics if you want to see them. Anyway I was wondering if anybody had any idea of the worth of these original art works? Or who might. Thank you for any help in this,*

*Andrew Lawrence*




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You can try contacting Christian Esquevin to see what he says:



Esquevin is an expert on Hollywood costume design art.

Read more about him here:



His email addy is: c.esquevin@coronado.lib.ca.us


Also, this website has a signed Orry-Kelly costume sketch and how much it was sold for:



Beware that something is only worth what a buyer is willing to pay. Just because somebody paid the amount at the website above doesn't mean you will get that amount. It's just a guide to what your art may be worth.


Good luck...

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No problem. That's why many of us are here - to be of help...


An E-Bay listing for an Orry-Kelly costume sketch here:



And from Christian Esquevin's blog, information on the authenticity of sketches:



That may be helpful too.


Good luck...


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Andrew, regarding your Orry-Kelly sketches, he worked longest at Warner Brothers in the 30s and early 40s. The sketch or sketches that you have from MGM could be for the film, "Les Girls" that starred Gene Kelly, Mitzi Gaynor, and others, released in 1957. Orry-Kelly was also one of three designers that worked on An American in Paris, designing the regular women's wardrobe (not the ballet scenes or Masked Ball scenes). He was working free-lance then.

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