Thursday, March 24, 2016

Valentino Estate Items #3

Here is Rudolph Valentino's personal set of binoculars with leather casing.  These come from the estate of Rudolph Valentino and ended up with Valentino's right hand man;  Luther H. Mahoney.   Once Luther Mahoney died, his daughter Madeline Mahoney Reid inherited them and kept them until her death at which time the entire Luther Mahoney Valentino collection was put up for sale.

Here is a 1923/24 photo of Rudy and Natacha in London about to embark in a small plane. Note he is wearing the pair of binoculars over his shoulder.  There is passage in his serialized movie magazine column in Photoplay where me mentions looking out of the  windows of the plane using these binoculars.  




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