Up for auction on eBay is a pair of Silent Film Star Harold Lloyd's gasses with provenance. The seller says, "As a Hollywood memorabilia collector, I have not known of any to ever come into the market. These spectacles were purchased at the Chelsea Antiques Market in New York City in 1998. They were part of an estate of Gordon Bau, (Hollywood make-up artist and collector, 1907-1975) of his personal effects.
These glasses are actually not horn rimmed (as they are often referred to) but early plastic. They appear to be black in film, but are actually a deep, slightly translucent brown. Originally, Lloyd wore them without lenses on camera due to glare issues. Harold Lloyd revolutionized eye wear with his Glasses Character. Once he made his debut with the glasses, he never appeared in film without them. The rest is history…
The listing goes on to say, "Gordon Bau, make-up artist, served on many major motion pictures of the studio system. His credits include Rebel Without A Cause, It's A Wonderful Life, A Streetcar Named Desire, etc. It does not appear, according to the IMDB website, that he and Lloyd worked together on any particular film; but were rather, perhaps, colleagues. Lloyd did do numerous appearances on shows such as This Is Your Life, and What's My Line after his huge fame. Maybe this is where they met. Anyhow, the provenance is quite poignant. These glasses come with a letter from whom the glasses were gifted to. Please note: The glasses are in near mint condition. The frames are marked B.S.O. near the right inner hinge, and what appears to be Princeton near the left inner hinge. Both of these markings aren't readily visible without a jeweler's loop, it would be difficult to photograph. I once read that Harold Lloyd knocked out the original sun glass frames. These lenses were professionally mounted by Sol Moscot in NYC without any compromise to frames. Sol Moscot specializes in vintage frames. I had worn them once to a premiere."
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