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Rare original large format Shel Silverstein drawing; warmly inscribed by him to American playwright Herb Gardner
Rare original drawing inscribed and drawn by renowned children’s book author Shel Silverstein. Warmly inscribed by the author/illustrator, “For Herb Dec. 10, 75 The Last Day Love, Shel.” In Silverstein’s signature style, the drawing depicts a cluttered backstage with spotlights, film reels, ladders, electrical chords, and spotlights. The recipient, Award-winning American playwright Herb Gardner, is best known for his 1962 play A Thousand Clowns, which ran for 428 performances and was adapted into the popular 1965 film of the same name for which he received an Oscar nomination. Silverstein, here, likely refers to the final day of Gardner’s Broadway play, Thieves, which closed in January of 1975. In fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 25.5 inches by 21.5 inches.
Price: $9,500.00 Item Number: 116953
"The Guggenheim has asked me for a recommendation for the new work she wants to do...": Autographed Letter Signed by Frank Lloyd Wright to Lewis Mumford
Taliesin : 1940.
Important autograph letter signed by Frank Lloyd Wright to friend and architectural critic, Lewis Mumford. Letter is 19 inches by 8.5 inches. It reads, "My dear Lewis: I’ve read "The Brown Decade" you so kindly sent me and it is a useful work in your splendid style. I didn’t agree in total but admire and respect. I was sorry to see so little of you in New York- intending to see you if I saw no one else. And the stupidity of wandering around in the Lehigh Starret building while you were waiting for me at 41 west 12th street rises to plague me still. Dutchy and I saw something of Catherine Bauer in New York. The Guggenheim has asked me for a recommendation for the new work she wants to do and I my best- but wrote her what I thought of her thesis. You know what I must think about that. Enclosed is a copy of what I think about it for your files if you care for it. Wright would later accept the contract to build the Guggenheim three years later in 1943, Hilla Rebay, the curator stated to Wright that he wanted to build, "A temple of spirit, a monument!” Matted and framed.
Price: $9,000.00 Item Number: 3790
Rare original Donald Brooks Fashion Design of Mia Farrow as Daisy Buchanan for the 1974 film version of The Great Gatsby
Original Donald Brooks fashion design sketch of Mia Farrow as Daisy Buchanan for the 1974 film production of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. One page pencil drawing with watercolor detail of a moonlit sky, the drawing features Farrow in full in “a wispy delicate dress of white and pale grey chiffon that moves against the body” as well as details of her family pearls, diamond bar capelet pin, pearl drop earring, and brocade t-strap dancing slipper with Donald Brooks’ inscription in pencil, “Mia Farrow as Daisy Buchanan ‘The Great Gatsby’ Donald Brooks.” In fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 27.5 inches by 22.5 inches. An excellent piece featuring the iconic Buchanan in the classic film The Great Gatsby.
Price: $4,800.00 Item Number: 95196
Rare autograph letter signed by American architect Stanford White to artist Mary Fairchild MacMonnies
Autograph letter signed by and entirely in the hand of American architect Stanford White. Four pages, dated March 6th 1896 and addressed to Mrs. Frederick McMonnies, the letter reads, “The sketches duly arrived and as I write Mac I am simply overpowered. I really melted with pleasure and continue to do so every time I look at them and I know the pleasure I felt on receiving them will mean more to you than any thanks, so I will not even attempt to thank you in words but if you ever want a house built for love, why, you know where to come for it. I hope William is better. It is too bad that he should have all this trouble and sickness and work. Bring him over here soon. With the kindest regards form Mrs. White. Always yours faithfully, Standford White.” The recipient, Mary Fairchild MacMonnies was an American artist who, in 1888, married the best known expatriate American sculptor of the Beaux-Arts school, Frederick William MacMonnies. In fine condition. Double matted and framed with an engraved portrait of White. The entire piece measures 13 inches by 21 inches.
Price: $2,500.00 Item Number: 95110
Rare original woodblock-print diploma from the 1970 Polish Sacrosong Music Festival. Signed by Pope John Paul II (born Karol Józef Wojtyła), “Karol card Wojtyla.” The famous Polish Sacrosong Festival was established in 1969 to preserve Catholic identity during the Cold War, future pope Cardinal Karol Wojtyla was a major patron of the festival, featured vocalist, and appeared in a full-length feature album, Pope John Paul II At The Festival Sacrosong, produced and distributed in more that 30 worldwide networks in 1979. In excellent condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 22 inches by 19 inches. Rare and desirable signed by Pope John Paul II.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 82450
Large print of beloved Peanuts character Snoopy napping on top of his dog house. Inscribed by Charles M. Schulz, “For George with best wishes – Charles M. Schulz.” In fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 17.5 inches by 15.75 inches.
Price: $1,600.00 Item Number: 117385
Rare original Maurice Sendak watercolor costume design for Arthur Yorinks’ 1993 play “So Sue Me”. One page, watercolor and ink on cardstock, Sendak has signed and annotated the design, “So, Sue me. Costume design M. Sendak Feb. 93.” In fine condition.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 117308
Rare postcard signed by famed Italian tenor Enrico Caruso. One page with the Hotel Cecil, London coat of arms, the post card is addressed to Miss Nelly Bachman in Caruso’s hand and signed by him on the verso, “Enrico Caruso London 1906.” Caruso has added a self-caricature beneath his inscription. In near fine condition.
Price: $1,400.00 Item Number: 117755
Folio scrapbook containing a collection of Valentines printed in the early 1900s. Quarto, original boards with gilt central floral motif. From the collection of Marilyn Cox. In very good condition.
Price: $750.00 Item Number: 116024
Antique postcard collection containing dozens of vintage postcards postdated in the early 1900s. From the collection of Dora Sims. Oblong octavo, bound in decorated cloth. The collection includes postcards with scenic views of Cleveland, Yellowstone National Park, Niagara Falls, the Columbia River Highway, and the Mississippi River, In very good condition. A charming collection.
Price: $600.00 Item Number: 116071
“Life doesn't imitate art, it imitates bad television”: Rare Artist's Sketch of Woody Allen; Signed by Woody Allen
Rare graphite artist’s sketch of American director and comedian Wood Allen. Signed by Woody Allen in the upper left corner of the sketch. Additionally signed by the artist, P.B. Socci. Active in the mid 1970s, American artist Pat B. Socci gained a reputation for seeking out Hollywood icons to sign his sketched portraits. The drawing measures 8.75 inches by 11.5 inches. A unique example.
Price: $400.00 Item Number: 89099