Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #00320151112: SABU

Rare vintage 3.5 x 5.5-inch black and white British Picturegoer postcard portrait from Elephant Boy (1937), his screen debut, signed with his name alone in blue fountain pen. In fine conditon, with the signature partially penned against darker areas of the image, best viewed by angling the photograph into the light. Exuberant, exotic-looking adolescent Sabu was imported from the jungles of India to star in a long succession of fantasy, adventure and sci-fi films, including Elephant Boy (1937), The Thief of Bagdad (1940), The Jungle Book (1942), Arabian Nights (1942), White Savage (1943), Cobra Woman (1944), Tangier (1946), Man-Eater of Kumaon (1948), Song of India (1949), Savage Drums (1951), Jungle Hell (1956), Jaguar (1956), Sabu and the Magic Ring (1957), and Mistress of the World (1960). He was also memorable in the dramas The End of the River and Black Narcissus, both in 1947. Despite being an extraordinary athlete, at the peek of his health, the star died suddenly of a heart attack at the age of 39 and his autograph is highly elusive in any format.