Lot 33: Dean, James. Bank check signed.
April 18, 2016
Calabasas, CA, USALive Auction
33. Dean, James. Bank check signed (“James Dean”), (6.25 x 2.75 in.; 159 x 70 mm.), drawn on The Chase National Bank of the City of New York, 18 November 1954, the check is completed in Dean’s hand and made payable to Ed Farrand for $15.30. Interrupted ink flow from the ballpoint pen has made some of the writing somewhat light, but remains completely legible. Cancellation holes do not touch Dean’s signature. Mounting remnants on the upper edge on verso.
James Dean signed check drafted after filming East Of Eden.
James Dean’s enduring fame and popularity rest on his performances in only three films: as loner “Cal Trask” in East of Eden, troubled teenager “Jim Stark” in Rebel Without a Cause and surly ranch hand “Jett Rink” in Giant. Dean’s premature death in a car crash on 30 September 1955 cemented his legendary status. He became the first actor to receive a posthumous Academy Award nomination for Best Actor (East of Eden, 1955), and remains the only actor to have had two posthumous acting nominations (the second being for Giant, 1956). $1,000 - $2,000