Saturday, March 14, 2015

YAKETY YAK HAIR!


Hello, Monsterologists. Today's offering is an unusual exhibit of monster makeup history. Depicted is a swatch of hair woven into a mesh screen that was used by talented makeup artist, Emile Lavigne, to transform Lon Chaney, Jr. into the Wolf Man for the film, ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN. While described as "fur", the hair is most probably Yak hair which, and, once it was known for its superior quality and work-ability, was preferred over conventional wool crepe hair.

Accompanying the sample are two original photos of Mr. Lavigne at work on Mr. Chaney. The lot sold at auction for $2,031.50 in 2007.



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