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Black Dahlia-Related Photos for Sale

May 27, 2009 |  7:00 pm

Mark Hansen Photos

Mark Hansen's photos, up for auction.
An auction house has contacted me with information about a group of photos tangentially related to the Black Dahlia case.

Mark Hansen, a partner in the Florentine Gardens nightclub, was a suspect in the Black Dahlia killing because he let Elizabeth Short stay with him off and on in the last half of 1946. These photos are evidently from his estate and several of them are inscribed to him. None of them show Short, known as the Black Dahlia.

News accounts from the 1940s describe his home as being loaded with pictures like this. If I were going to bid on these items (which I'm not) I would want to make sure that they were from his home on Carlos Avenue behind the Florentine Gardens and not the home he kept separately for his wife as they seem a little passe for the late 1940s. The auction is May 30 at 10 a.m. More information from the San Rafael Auction Gallery is here>>>.