I am both honored and thrilled to be able to bring you some of the incredible Vincent Price objects from the collection of my friend, Robert.  Robert's a passionate collector who has seen to it that many of the items you see below will be going, eventually, to archival homes where researchers will have access to them in perpetuity.  Without his forethought and generosity, some very important Vincent Price memorabilia might never have been seen again.  This same generosity has allowed me to include images of some of his favorite pieces here, in this truly special gallery!

The Price family sewing box!  You just never know what will turn up in this world!  The photos are of both Prices and Grants.
Another memorabilia collector named Robert W. bought a costume hat at an auction some years ago-- it has a costume dept. tag with Vinnie's name printed on it inside -- but there is no hint as to when or what production it was for.  So Robert W. photographed it and sent the photo to Vinnie, asking if he knew what movie or tv show, etc. it might be from.  Evidently Price had no idea either (maybe it was never used, for that matter), but with typical Vinnie humor he cut out the hat, glued it to his own photo, and sent it back to Robert W. with the inscription, "My best hat!"  I was happy to get the hat, but it's the photo that sealed the deal!

Here's the hat, on a Price head I have.
     
The shoe was pressed flat inside the baby book I'd purchased, and when I found it there, I thought, "Drat, its mate must have fallen out during the past 90+ years."  But there in the book, on the page where V.L.P., Sr. wrote about Vinnie's baptism day, 15 Oct. 1919, it says that baby Vinnie kicked off the other shoe somewhere on the way to the church -- and though they searched for it, it never could be found.  So this single shoe is exactly what Vinnie's family had and preserved.  I "stuffed" it with acid-free tissue and it came back into shape very well.  Note, too, the curl of his baby hair.

Vinnie's smaller briefcase, plastered with stickers from his endless travels [near right].  The wear on this piece bespeaks how much VP used it over the years.  I like the length of orange yarn tied to the handle -- a "marker" so he could spot it quickly in the airport luggage pick-up area. 



Vinnie's larger briefcase which he carried on endless trips and tours.  Note the heavily worn handle and his gold initials.
[left] Vinnie -- tallest in the family! -- behind his mother and father, Marguerite and V.L. Sr., with his brother and sisters and their families on the occasion of Mr. and Mrs. Price's Golden Wedding anniversary in 1944.  To celebrate the occasion, one of Vinnie's nieces models the wedding gown that Marguerite had worn in 1894. [right] This was from Vinnie's personal collection.  His role as King Charles II in HUDSON'S BAY (1941). 

 

[left] A poster which once belonged to Forry Ackerman.  It was given to me by a mutual friend after Forry's passing.

[right] I believe this was taken around the time Vinnie was doing his stint on PBS' wonderful show, Mystery!
 
 
    This is Vincent Price's little travel alarm clock which he carried with him on every trip he took for many years.  Behind it are two of his favorite photos of his beloved mother and father. 
  Vincent Price collected many things, including rare seashells!  This is the largest shell his collection boasted, a Syrinx aruanus, the Australian Trumpet Syrinx!  This one is about 21" from tip to tip, one of the prizes of Vinnie's collection.  It has a hole drilled near the tip on one side so that it can be blown (as the Pacific Islanders can do), and I understand that occasionally, when they gave parties, Vinnie could be persuaded to attempt to get a resounding tone from it.  To everyone's delight, he could only achieve a barrage of rude noises!   
Here you can see this shell and a smaller one displayed in the Price home.

The Vincent Price Exhibit

All photographs and descriptions on this page are copyright my friend Robert.  Unauthorized use is prohibited.

Created February 25, 2010, Richard D Squires.