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Portrait of Madeleine Carroll, the first ‘Hitchcock Blonde’, may fetch $60,000 at UK auction

London: A portrait of actress Madeleine Carroll, who was thought-about the primary ‘Hitchcock Blonde’, is headed for public sale subsequent month, with a value estimate of round $60,000 – $87,000.

Hungarian artist Philip Alexius de Laszlo painted the portrait in 1935, the identical 12 months Carroll starred in Alfred Hitchcock’s spy thriller movie ‘The 39 Steps’.

Carroll, who was additionally in Hitchcock’s 1936 movie ‘Secret Agent’ and shortly after turned one of many world’s highest paid actresses on the time, is recognised because the director’s first blonde main woman.

The portrait, referred to as ‘Mrs Philip Astley, nee Madeleine Carroll’, shall be supplied at Christie’s British & European Artwork sale on December 14 throughout its ‘Traditional Week’ in London, with a value estimate of fifty,000 – 70,000 kilos ($62,285 – $87,200).

“This was painted when (de Laszlo) was 66, so he was a really established portraitist by that stage however he was extraordinarily eager to color her as a result of she was such a star,” Peter Brown, senior director within the British and European artwork division at Christie’s, instructed Reuters.

The portray is on show alongside different Traditional Week highlights till November 28. ($1 = 0.8028 kilos)

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