Hank Mann Memorabilia

Value (1997) | $40,000 Auction$50,000 Auction

GUEST:
That's a representation of the... star on Hollywood Boulevard for my grandfather, Hank Mann. He was a silent film actor.

APPRAISER:
He was a Keystone Kop.

GUEST:
And he was a Keystone Kop, yes.

APPRAISER:
And he was one of the first.

GUEST:
He was one of the original stars.

APPRAISER:
Because he was a pioneer of silent cinema.

GUEST:
Yes.

APPRAISER:
Let's do some of the photographs first, because he worked with Charlie Chaplin.

GUEST:
He was in several of Charlie Chaplin's movies, especially the later movies. He was the prizefighter that boxed with Charlie Chaplin in "City Lights."

APPRAISER:
Mm-hmm. Right.

GUEST:
And he was also a small bit player in a few other Chaplin movies, including "The Great Dictator." But mostly he was in other silent films for Fox--

APPRAISER:
And he was... a Keystone Kop.

GUEST:
--and Sennett. Yes.

APPRAISER:
And here he is...

GUEST:
With Max Sennett, he was a Keystone Kop. I'm sure people will recognize him-- he was one of the key figures in the Keystone Kops. He did a lot of the stunts.

APPRAISER:
Do you have another photograph of him?

GUEST:
He also was in films with the Mack Sennett Bathing Beauties. This is one of his posed pictures.

APPRAISER:
A studio shot.

GUEST:
A studio shot. We have many stills from the movies as well.

APPRAISER:
You also have some photographs that were autographed to him.

GUEST:
Yes. Well, this one isn't autographed to him, but this is Fatty Arbuckle, who... in whose several films my grandfather was also a player. Here's an autographed photo. It's hard to read the inscription, but it says, "Very sincerely, Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle" and the date and place where it was signed. This is an autographed photo of Mack Swain. APPRAISERi: Yeah, the famous villain in the silent films.

GUEST:
It unfortunately doesn't have him in his...

APPRAISER:
With the big eyebrows.

GUEST:
Yeah… in his big eyebrows. And these are two autographed photos from Mabel Normand, who was the sweet, innocent ingénue in many of the films. This one says, "To Hank. Some boy." And this says, "To Hank Mann. Oh, you Keystone police. Sincerely, Mabel Normand."

APPRAISER:
Actually, you have a whole album are autographed photographs.

GUEST:
Autographed and unautographed. Silent film actors. Also, we have my grandfather's wig and mustache, which you can see in the photographs. He was actually without much hair, so he used a wig a lot.

APPRAISER:
And this is the original box here, and it has the wig maker's label on it from Hollywood.

GUEST:
It says, "Charlie Wright, Master Maker of Hair Pieces, Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood."

APPRAISER:
And here's his mustache.

GUEST:
Yes. That's his mustache. This is the... what the adhesive was applied to, and so it went something like that.

APPRAISER:
Well, you know, when you start to talk about valuing these things, these two items are almost impossible to value. To be truly valued, they would have to be placed in an auction of movie memorabilia. I would estimate that an opening bid on these two items would start somewhere around $7,000 to $8,000.

GUEST:
I see.

APPRAISER:
But the real value of what you've brought today are these photographs, these autographs. This collection, uh, with these signatures-- there has been recent auctions of similar material in Los Angeles-- and based on the prices that were realized at those auctions, I would say that you have a collection that conservatively would be estimated at $40,000 to $50,000.

GUEST:
Oh, no. Oh, my.

APPRAISER:
There's where... the real value is. I mean, these, of course, are heirlooms to you.

GUEST:
Yes. Yes. They're all heirlooms. We'd never part with them, but it's... it's amazing to know that.

APPRAISER:
But it's an amazing collection of early autographs.

Appraisal Details

Appraiser
Heritage Auctions
Los Angeles, CA
Appraised value (1997)
$40,000 Auction$50,000 Auction
Event
San Francisco, CA (August 09, 1997)
Material
Paper

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