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Orig. Old Black Dahlia Snapshots RARE!!!!!!!
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Collectibles:Photographic Images:Contemporary (1940-Now):Celebrity:Movies
Collectibles:Autographs:Historical
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Current bid US $7,611.11   (reserve met) Starting bid US $100.00
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Location Wanted: Antique motorcycles
Country/Region  United States /Los Angeles
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Here they are, the remaining photos from my once-in-a-lifetime find, the four authentic snapshots originally removed from Elizabeth Short's very own scrapbooks by the Los Angeles Examiner reporters in 1947. They are not copies but are original artifacts from the initial Black Dahlia investigation in 1947. I have been asked to put them up separately as well as a group but I am in agreement with the latter request, they should stay together. These were her personal photos, they were found in her scrapbooks at the bus station where she had checked her luggage before her death. They still have the black glue spots on their backs where they were torn from the pages. These aren't just vintage photos, they were HER photos. I have been informed that all personal property was returned to the family by the police following the investigation, somehow these slipped through the cracks (thanks for your help and info, you know who you are). HERE ARE THE DESCRIPTIONS: Each photo has been labeled in ink on the bottoms, probably by the press when they were trying to find out who she'd been with. The smallest Florida photo measures 3.75"X2.75" and is of her when she was a teenager, she looks very young, it is sharp focused. The next photo of her outside on a date with a man named Paul Morris measures 3&3/8"X5.25" and is sharp focused. Yes, it looks odd but her left leg is directly behind her right. The third photo appears to be an enlargement that has been cropped, it measures 3.25"X4.25" and is not as sharp focused as the others but is still very striking. There is a 3/4" tear running through her chin and her necklace and a thin area in back where the photo paper was somewhat removed, there is a little krinkling on the front, apparently the reporters weren't as careful with this one. The final photo of her on a date with Tim is the stunning one, it measures a whopping 8"X6" and is sharp focused. Mere words can't describe this beautiful yet haunting image, it's almost like you are standing next to their table. She is wearing the same choker necklace from the other photo. I'm afraid I don't know much more than this, except that the police used paper labels on the snapshots they removed, all of these being returned to family. These photographs were found by me ten years ago among other Black Dahlia originals in a large group of photos spanning 90 years from the archives of the defunct L. A. Examiner which was heavily involved in the investigation back then. They had remained undiscovered until I stumbled on to them while looking for old motorcycle photos, my dumb luck. These are all that remain of the original Dahlia photos I found and since sold, but they are the best and the rarest BD items you'll ever see on Ebay. And now I will close with the line that people use all too freely on Ebay, but in this case it's really true; "Where ya gonna find another?!!" If you have any questions please email me. United States bidders only, please. Buyer to pay for priority mail plus insurance. Prefer payment by U.S. postal money order(s). Personal checks will be held 10(ten)days. M/O or Cashiers Check will ship same day. Sorry no online payments. Payment must be received within 10 days. If Ebay is down for any reason on the last day of auction I reserve the right to cancel the auction and re-list the item. I also reserve the right to cancel at my discretion any bids from those with negative feedback. GOOD LUCK!
On Feb-18-03 at 08:46:32 PST, seller added the following information:

I have been asked if I can provide any documentation supporting the authenticity of these photos. I cannot. All I can say is that they are original old photos and are definitely of Elizabeth Short. It is a logical assumption that they were originally taken from her scrapbooks but I have no way of proving it. Regardless, whoever ends up owning them will not be dissapointed.





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