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Lot 139

Castro, Fidel - Early Signed, Inscribed Photo (1926-2016) Cuban revolutionary and prime minister who took power January 1, 1959. Black and white photograph signed and inscribed in Spanish: "A mi querido amigo y familia Conde grandes luchadores por nuestra patria, Fidel Castro Ruz Agosto 17-1955" [To my dear friend and family Conde great fighters for our homeland…August 17, 1955], 6 x 4", no place. The photo shows a youthful Castro sitting on a sofa and reading a newspaper. Stamped on the verso is "Bohemia Archivo" with the date "1953" penned in. Also stamped is "Propiedad de Regino Boti" and penned in blue ink below that is "Propiedad del Dr. Manuel Conde. 1955." Minor silvering around edges, else fine. Castro was 27 years old when this photo was taken (1953) and 29 when he signed it. Boldly penned and signed.

In 1953 Castro was sentenced to 15 years in prison for his revolutionary activities but was released in May 1955 during a general amnesty declared by Batista. Castro then proceeded to Mexico where he continued to plot Batista's overthrow. Estimate Value $2,000 - 3,000

Realized $1,440

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