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  • John Barrymore as Mercutio wearing a leather tunic in the 1936 film "Romeo and Juliet."
    • Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM)

    Romeo and Juliet

    1936

    Costume seen on John Barrymore as Mercutio

  • John Barrymore as himself wearing a leather tunic in the 1941 film "Playmates."
    • RKO Radio Pictures

    Playmates

    1941

    Costume seen on John Barrymore as himself

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About the Costume

This costume, worn by John Barrymore as Mercutio in the 1936 production of Romeo and Juliet, is described as:

“An ivory leather tunic with a brown hand painted abstract pattern. The center front panel and cuffs have pleated cream silk inserts with black velvet cord. The cuffs have attached gold metal ornaments. A Western Costume Co. label reads “Barrymore #2 Mercutio 10-2-25.”

The costume was designed by Adrian and Oliver Messel. It was additionally worn by Barrymore in the 1941 film Playmates, where the costume was altered to fit Barrymore several years later in his last role, where he portrayed himself.

The costume went up for auction at Julien’s Auctions, where it sold for $2,125.

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About the Costume

This costume, worn by John Barrymore as Mercutio in the 1936 production of Romeo and Juliet, is described as:

“An ivory leather tunic with a brown hand painted abstract pattern. The center front panel and cuffs have pleated cream silk inserts with black velvet cord. The cuffs have attached gold metal ornaments. A Western Costume Co. label reads “Barrymore #2 Mercutio 10-2-25.”

The costume was designed by Adrian and Oliver Messel. It was additionally worn by Barrymore in the 1941 film Playmates, where the costume was altered to fit Barrymore several years later in his last role, where he portrayed himself.

The costume went up for auction at Julien’s Auctions, where it sold for $2,125.

This costume, worn by John Barrymore as Mercutio in the 1936 production of Romeo and Juliet, is described as:

“An ivory leather tunic with a brown hand painted abstract pattern. The center front panel and cuffs have pleated cream silk inserts with black velvet cord. The cuffs have attached gold metal ornaments. A Western Costume Co. label reads “Barrymore #2 Mercutio 10-2-25.”

The costume was designed by Adrian and Oliver Messel. It was additionally worn by Barrymore in the 1941 film Playmates, where the costume was altered to fit Barrymore several years later in his last role, where he portrayed himself.

The costume went up for auction at Julien’s Auctions, where it sold for $2,125.

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  • Adrian (Adrian Adolph Greenburg)
  • Oliver Messel

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