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Rare photos go under the hammer
Laurel and Hardy
Picture perfect: Laurel and Hardy
Archive photographs of some of the most famous faces to grace film and television are to be auctioned.

Images of Laurel and Hardy, Pablo Picasso, Grace Kelly, Brigitte Bardot, Charlie Chaplin and Winston Churchill are among the collection by Alfredo Andre Cesar Quaglino.

The photographs will be sold at auction on 19 November at the Lyon and Turnbull Books and Manuscripts Sale in Edinburgh.

The archive is valued between 1,000 and 2,000.

Journalist and photographer Quaglino spent the greater part of his life reporting and photographing society on the French Riviera between the wars and after the Second World War.

Among the stars he snapped were Rita Hayworth, Orson Welles, Errol Flynn and Sophia Loren.

In one photograph a youthful Grace Kelly marries Prince Rainier of Monaco.

In another, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy share a large flask of Chianti.

While a number of the photographs are likely to have featured in publications of the period, most have not been published.

The collection, amounting to several hundred items, is contained in folders and envelopes.

Born in 1894, Quaglino knew many artists and writers, including Picasso, whom he photographed with his family many times.

The photographer married Frances Rachel Bailey shortly before he died in 1972.

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