Lauren Bacall Signed Photo, 1944 “Betty” Inscription, Stamped by Bert Six

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We sold this item at auction for $434
 in December, 2022.

Original Autographed Photo

This stunning vintage 1944 portrait by Bert Six, showcasing Lauren Bacall wearing pearls to promote her role in “To Have and Have Not”, was sold at auction for $434 in December 2022.

Bacall signed and inscribed a message to Warner Brothers’ publicity man Robert Graham Wahn: “For Graham – All of my best and thanks so much for all. Betty.”

Here, Bacall uses her real name, Betty, as she often did with more intimate acquaintances, friends and family.

Photographed by Bert Six

The studio stamp of Hollywood glamour photographer Bert Six appears on the reverse side of the photo. During Hollywood’s heyday, Six was head of the still department at Warner Brothers studio. He excelled at producing glamour portraits of beautiful actresses, first beginning his photographic work in 1934 and eventually reigning over the movie studio’s still department in the 1940s.

“To Have and Have Not” (1944)

The 1944 film dramatization of Ernest Hemingway’s novel, “To Have and Have Not” marked the first screen coupling of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, whose sizzling chemistry on screen led to their real-life love affair.

Directed by Howard Hawks, the film was loosely based on Ernest Hemingway’s novel and set against the backdrop of Martinique during World War II. Known for its witty dialogue and sizzling chemistry between Bogie and Bacall, the film became a classic of the era, cementing Bacall’s status as a Hollywood star.

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