Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #001582135: BUCK JONES

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Highly rare handwritten, signed sentiment in black fountain pen on a 4x6-inch tan autograph album page, acquired in-person by the Mexican-born child actress Panchita Acosta in the early 1930s. Lupe Velez signs and inscribes on the verso in Spanish. In good condition for its age and accompanied by an unsigned 1930s 5x7-inch sepia-tone publicity portrait, which has some minor staining. Buck Jones was one of the great "B" movie cowboys of the silent and early talkie eras, probably best known for the Rough Riders series. In 1942, the seemingly indestructible star was being honored by Monogram Pictures with a dinner at Boston's fabled Coconut Grove when the now infamous fire broke out which burned it to the ground. The conflagration consumed 492 patrons, leaving the actor, who had been trapped inside, severely injured. He died in the hospital two days later at the age of 50 and his autograph is highly elusive in any format.