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Gorham, New York
THE ROMEO AND JULIET CIGARILLOS BOX
LOT SOLD. 4,375 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
38
Gorham, New York
THE ROMEO AND JULIET CIGARILLOS BOX
LOT SOLD. 4,375 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Vivien: The Vivien Leigh Collection

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Gorham, New York
THE ROMEO AND JULIET CIGARILLOS BOX
rectangular, the lid with coat of arms and initials 'LO / VL / RJ,' the interior of lid engraved 'For Larry and Vivien / with Affectionate Godspeed / from their ardent fans, / the company and crew / New York / June 1940'
Gorham maker's mark and numbered 280
silver, interior with wood compartments
15cm., 5 ⅞ in. wide
active 1865-present
Made circa 1940.
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Catalogue Note

The initials 'R' and 'J' stand for Romeo and Juliet. As Sunny Alexander, Vivien’s secretary, said: ‘what could be more perfect casting those two darlings for R. and J.’ (Vickers, op. cit., p. 136). After a disappointing first showing in Chicago, Romeo and Juliet opened in New York on 9 May 1940 with the novelty of an elaborate revolving stage. The production was a failure, however, eating up $96,000 invested jointly by Vivien and Larry, the bulk of their savings from recent film triumphs. The play closed after a mere thirty-five performances but that did not stop the two celebrated actors moving on to new projects, supported by their ‘ardent fans.'

Vivien: The Vivien Leigh Collection

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