A John Wayne group of signed ephemera from his longtime makeup man, David Grayson

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Lot 1272
A John Wayne group of signed ephemera from his longtime makeup man, David Grayson

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A John Wayne group of signed ephemera from his longtime makeup man, David Grayson
Comprising a silver gelatin 8 x 10 in. photograph of Wayne and Grayson together inscribed by Wayne: "Dave - / May there be many / more years. / Duke 1978"; a March 1978 issue of the Saturday Evening Post in which Dave has inscribed a note to himself (as Wayne) to which the real John Wayne has replied underneath; a September 1973 issue of Views & Reviews inscribed by Wayne, "Dear Dave / The best spray / is your spray. / Duke"; a 4 pp program commemorating the grand opening of the John Wayne Theatre and its premiere of Big Jake (1971) inscribed to inside cover, "Dah-veed / Please no / 'Hallow Harry' to / poor old, [sic] Duke. / John Wayne"; an 8 x 10 in. photograph which Grayson has jokingly inscribed as being from Wayne, along with a similar note; and an 8 x 10 in. photograph of Grayson making up Wayne's son, Ethan, on the set of Big Jake, while Wayne looks on. David Grayson formed a strong friendship and business relationship with Wayne as his makeup man during the productions of many of his movies, as he later recalled: "I did John Wayne on the road ... went to Europe with him, did his commercials. He did a great many personal appearances." After Wayne's film work waned, Grayson went on to become a makeup artist for television, ultimately working on the successful TV series, Moonlighting.
Provenance: the estate of David Grayson.
10.5 x 13 in.
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