BEN TURPIN AUTOGRAPHED FLY LEAF


Ben Turpin was born September 19, 1869 – died July 1, 1940. Ben Turpin was a cross-eyed American comedian and actor, best remembered for his work in silent films. He worked in vaudeville, burlesque, and circuses. Turpin had a distinctive appearance, with a small wiry frame, a brush mustache, and crossed eyes. Turpin’s famous eyes, he said, only crossed as a young adult after he suffered an accident. Turpin was convinced that the crossed eyes were essential to his comic career; his co-workers recalled that after he received any blow to the head he made a point of looking himself in the mirror to assure himself that they had not become uncrossed. Turpin famously bought a $25,000 insurance policy with Lloyd’s of London, payable if his eyes ever uncrossed. Original Ben Turpin Autograph, signed on a Fly Leaf. Approx. size: 7 3/8 inch x 4 3/4 inch. Regular Price – $ 525.00 / Sale Price – $ 299.99.

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