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Lauren Bacall, star of screen and Joseph Cornell's penny arcade

Joseph Cornell was not initially a fan of the American actress Lauren Bacall, who died on Tuesday, aged 89. When he first saw her in the film To Have and Have Not, which was released in 1944, he felt her acting was a disappointment. But the artist soon became enamored of the sultry siren and for the next two years worked on a devotional portrait of the actress, based on the penny arcade games of his youth, which he made between 1945 and 1946. Years later, after Bacall found out about the piece, she exclaimed: “I love it and wish I had it!” It sold at Christie’s last May for $5.3m.

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