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Autograph musical quotation signed and an autograph letter signed by Maurice Ravel. The quotation, 3 bars from his Chansons madécasses, notated on a two-stave system, with holograph title, lyrics, tempo directive and instrument labels. The letter in French is addressed to “My friend”, in French, stating that he received his note when leaving Geneva and mentioning two places he might be when he returns at Christmastime, dated Paris 15 December 1928 With Hotel D’Athènes” stationery. Both matted and framed together with a commemorative medallion. The entire piece measures 19 inches by 27 inches. A striking piece, rare and desirable.
Price: $9,800.00 Item Number: 72755
Handwritten musical quotation inscribed by Russian composer and pianist Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich in Russian above the opening three bars of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 in D minor (Op. 47) on a two-stave system with holograph tempo directive and title, “To Lionel Okvin from Dmitri Shostakovich 17th February 1947.” Double matted and framed with a photograph of Shostakovich. The entire piece measures 14.75 inches by 15.75 inches. Rare and desirable.
Price: $8,800.00 Item Number: 82418
Photograph signed and inscribed and dated in 1905 by Italian composer Giacomo Puccini to Argentine composer, conductor, and pianist Alberto Williams. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 13 inches by 18 inches. An exceptional piece with noted provenance.
Price: $3,000.00 Item Number: 51014
"I live in a silver mine and I call it beggar's tomb; I got me a violin and I beg you call the tune": Original Album of The Grateful Dead's Workingman's Dead; Signed by Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart, Robert Hunter and Tom Constanten
Original LP of Workingman’s Dead boldly signed by Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart, Robert Hunter and Tom Constanten who has written out the lyrics to the classic song Uncle John’s Band, which reads, “I live in a silver mine and I call it beggar’s tomb; I got me a violin and I beg you call the tune.” In near fine condition.
Price: $1,750.00 Item Number: 86948
Typed signed letter from Carl Haverlin to Igor Stravinsky, with Stravinsky's holograph notes and signature
Single page typed signed letter with notes in Stravinsky’s hand. Typed signed letter from 1962 to Igor Styravinsky from Carl Haverlin, pioneer in radio broadcasting, and longtime president of Broadcast Music Inc. The letter is on Broadcast Music Inc. stationary, and Haverlin writes to inquire about some illustrations which Dulac had made for Stravinsky’s Firebird Ballet. He writes: “I…take the liberty of asking you if your memory will bring forth any background on the sketches.” In the margin adjacent to this sentence, Stravinsky writes “Not at all!” in red pen. Haverlin closes the letter with: “Photostats of the sketchbook pages are enclosed.” Beneath this Stravinsky writes, along with his signature, “I find it unfortunately very bad.” Matted and framed opposite a photograph of Stravinsky. The entire piece measures 26.5 inches by 19.25 inches.
Price: $1,600.00 Item Number: 84762
Rare autograph letter signed by Russian-born composer Igor Stravinsky. One page, type-written, dated December 21st, 1966 and addressed to John McClure at Columbia Records, the letter reads, “Dear John, Please answer this Mercury Record letter for me, telling them that they can have the permission, though they can have it, I think, without asking me, in any case. I have been ordered to rest — no conducting at all — after Chicago. This postpones our January plans, I greatly regret to say (and not only for me, as I realize, bu can’t help). Happy New Year to you and your wife. Igor Stravinsky.” The recipient, John McClure was an American recording producer at Columbia Records throughout the 1950s and later operated in a freelance capacity. He worked on over 30 recordings with Stravinsky, 200 with Leonard Bernstein, and oversaw recordings by the Boston Pops Orchestra under John Williams. Double matted and framed with a black and white portrait of Stravinsky. The entire piece measures 19.5 inches by 14.5 inches. In fine condition.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 95109
Original LP of The Rolling Stones Album Dirty Work. Signed by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards on the front cover. Richards has written “Love Keith Richards.” In very good condition. Framed.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 21067
Rare original photograph of great tenor Enrico Caruso; warmly inscribed by him to Italian football star Ettore Fontana
Rare original sepia toned photograph of famed tenor Enrico Caruso, inscribed by him on the mount to football star Ettore Fontana in Italian, “Al carissimo amico Ettore Fontana Sinceramente Enrico Caruso New York, 1907.” In very good condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 17 inches by 15.5 inches.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 117974
Richard Strauss signed program. The program was for a concert by the Dusseldorf City Orchestra and Richard Strauss, held April 30, 1925. The program measures 6.5 inches by 8.75 inches. Double matted and framed opposite a photograph of Strauss. The entire piece measures 14.5 inches by 17.5 inches.
Price: $1,400.00 Item Number: 65034
Early black and white photograph of legendary crooner Frank Sinatra. Inscribed by him, “To Loretta, Sincerely, Frank.” In near fine condition. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 13 inches by 11 inches. Rare and desirable signed by Sinatra.
Price: $1,200.00 Item Number: 100165
"Fairy tales can come true It can happen to you If you're young at heart": Large Signed Photograph of Jimmy Durante
Large photograph of Jimmy Durante, inscribed by him, “To Sammy – For all you did for me – I hope I may get the chance to do something for you. My Best Always, Schnozzle Durante.” The photograph measures 11 inches by 14 inches. Double matted and framed.
Price: $975.00 Item Number: 63000
“It's four in the morning, the end of december I'm writing you now just to see if you're better": Original Record of Leonard Cohen's Songs of Love and Hate; Signed by Him
Original lp vinyl record of Leonard Cohen’s third album Songs of Love and Hate, boldly signed by him on the front panel. Produced by Bob Johnston, the album was released on March 19, 1971, through Columbia Records. The album reached no. 145 on the US Billboard 200, but was his most commercially successful album in many other parts of the world, reaching no. 4 in the UK and no. 8 in Australia. Writing in 2011, Cohen biographer Anthony Reynolds noted, “In some quarters it was the album that seemed to seal Cohen’s reputation as being something of a downer, to say the least.” In his review of the 2007 reissue release, Tim Nelson of BBC Music stated that Cohen’s third LP “is perhaps less varied than the first two albums, but the focus is more intense and the sequencing superb. Be warned though: this is one of the scariest albums of the last forty years…” Mark Deming of AllMusic calls Songs of Love and Hate “one of Leonard Cohen’s most emotionally intense albums – which, given the nature of Cohen’s body of work, is no small statement.” In 2012, Rolling Stone ranked the album no. 295 on its list of the 500 Greatest Albums of all Time, the only Cohen album to make the list. It was ranked no. 74 on Pitchfork Media’s 2004 list of the 100 best albums of the 1970s. “Famous Blue Raincoat” was voted #3 by in a Rolling Stone readers poll of the top ten greatest Leonard Cohen songs. In near fine condition. Framed.
Price: $850.00 Item Number: 70988
“The Ambassador of Jazz": Rare original Louis Armstrong Poster; inscribed by him and his road manager Pierre 'Frenchy' Tallerie
Rare original “Louis Armstrong and His Concert Group” poster inscribed by him, “To Pat From Louis Armstrong.” Additionally signed by him as “Satchmo” and inscribed by his road manager on the verso, “May you always enjoy the best of Health. Pierre Tallerie, Mgr. Louis Armstrong.” In near fine condition.
Price: $850.00 Item Number: 117083