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James Dean Hand Painting – COA Provenance LOA
Surviving through the years is the approximately 9 x11″ watercolor painting created by the iconic actor and artist James Dean. This is one of three watercolors created by James Dean while attending the Fairmount High School. At this period Dean had been suspended for three days for slugging a fellow Drama student who had dared to criticize his dramatic reading.
The James Dean watercolor artwork trio is said to be autobiographical. “Property of Bette Simmons 1956” has been signed on the back. Bette Simmons was James Dean art teacher. She obtained the original artwork after James Dean passed away until the James Dean museum found it in there possession. It was on display at the James Dean Gallery until that closed. This iconic piece of art and James Dean original oil was purchased from the Museum at the same time.
Authentication: Provenance Letter