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    Artist Alberto Vargas Handwritten Signed Letter (1896-1982) Alberto Joaquin Vargas Y Chavez was born in Peru. At an early age, he helped his father, an internationally recognized photographer, by retouching portrait photographs. As a young man, he studied in Europe until 1916, then traveled to New York City. Vargas decided to remain in the United States and began his illustrious career as a painter of the dazzling Follies Girls for Flo Ziegfeld. During the depression, he moved to Hollywood to paint portraits and design sets. In 1940, Vargas replaced George Petty at Esquire magazine. His artwork would become recognizable the world over. His career spanned six decades and delighted millions throughout the world. The "Vargas Girl" has since become an American icon. This lot contains two items: a one-page autograph letter signed, dated May 1, 1961. He writes (in part): "I apologize for not having answered before this to your kind note and request - I've been so very busy... I am sending you whatever I have, hoping it might somewhat add something to your collection." This letter is accompanied by a modern, unsigned color 6" x 4" postcard depicting a "Vargas Girl." In fine condition. Accompanied by COA from PSA/DNA.

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    April, 2005
    13th Wednesday
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