Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Yul Brynner - Stamp Collector

Shown above a photo by Sid Avery of movie star Yul Brynner. Taken in 1953, it appears Hollywood at Home: A Family Album 1950-1965 along with other celebrity photos.

In Avery's 2002 obitiuary The New York Times wrote, "Mr. Avery's work in the 1950's and 60's was a departure from the glamorized, soft-focus portraits of an earlier Hollywood era when images of the stars were tightly controlled by the major studios. Mr. Avery showed celebrities on the movie set between takes and away from the job, relaxing with the family or engaged in household chores."

In Yul Brynner: a Biography, author Michelangelo Capua writes, Brynner "...aspired to have one of the most important collections of rare stamps ever. Yul transformed a small hobby collection (inherited from a friend who lost interest in it) into an investment collecting, exclusively United Nations stamps."

Capua goes to say, "...his 35-volume collection was one of the most complete in the world."

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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM