The Gary & Joyce Rice Collection
Coming up at Vectis Auctions on the 10th of July are 76 lots from The Gary & Joyce Rice Collection. The sale contains many sports, TV & Film personalities, plus comedians, entertainers, soap stars and stars from musical theatre including Elizabeth Taylor, Liza Minelli, and Charlton Heston, plus Bruce Forsyth, The Goodies and the Fawlty Towers cast; and many photographs and postcards from actors and actresses from Hollywood’s 'Golden Era'.
This collection was started Joyce Rice probably in the early 1940s, but the story starts much earlier with her father's love of Charlie Chaplin. When Chaplin started making films, he was an impressionable 14 year-old and wrote to Chaplin in California sending a picture of himself dressed as The Tramp and to his delight he received a reply.
Joyce inherited her father's gene and shared her love and knowledge with both of her sons and continued to regularly visit both the cinema and theatre until only months before she died.
One of Joyce's sons, Gary, also had a true passion for the theatre, and visited at least once a week. Gary continued to add to the ever growing autograph collection. He frequently wrote to stars he admired and spent time at stage doors handing in letters and often waited for the stars to leave. Sadly Gary passed away soon after Joyce in 2016 and his brother has now inherited the entire collection and has decided to keep only a small portion with hopes that the rest will give pleasure to other real enthusiasts and that all the years of hard work reflected in this collection will now find a good home.
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