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Lot 364

Mussolini, Benito. Mint Photograph Signed ("B Mussolini / Roma marzo 1932 -X-"), 13½ x 10". A waist-up portrait of Mussolini in the uniform of the Royal Academy of Italy, which he founded to recognize the highest achievers of the time, such as Marconi, Fermi, Mascagni, Giordano, and Pirandello. The signature is huge, with a faint smudge in the "u" of "Mussolini." The "X" refers to the tenth year that Mussolini was effectively in power. He formed the Partito Nazionale Fascista in 1921 and became known as "Il duce" (leader). He directed the Fascists in a march on Rome in 1922, and when the Facta cabinet resigned, the king called on him to form a ministry.
Estimated Value $1,000 - 1,200.

Realized $690

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