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1. Anderson, Marian. (1897-1993).
"Music means love and understanding" - Autograph Quotation

Beautifully penned autograph signed quotation from the great African American contralto who writes "Music means love and understanding" and signs "Marian Anderson" on a card measuring 12.5 x 9 cm. Fine.

Anderson was a great favorite of Toscanini and, in 1955, broke the color barrier by becoming the first African-American to perform at the Metropolitan Opera. She remains a legendary figure in the history of opera, remembered for, among other highlights, her Lincoln Memorial...Read More.


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2. Armstrong, Louis. (1901-1971).
Original Photograph drinking Cognac from the Bottle

Vintage doubleweight black and white photograph by Ed Lawless, showing the great Satchmo smoking and drinking directly from a Cognac bottle! 5 x 7 inches and in fine condition. Stamped by the photographer on the verso. Unusual!


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Jazz

3. Armstrong, Louis. (1901-1971).
Signed Steinweiss LP Cover

Vintage LP cover (Hot Jazz Classics King Louis Columbia Records set C-28.) with a striking image of the great Satchmo with his trumpet in hand, signed and inscribed in green ink . Edges worn, signature a couple shades light, otherwise fine. Three of the four recordings themselves are included. The striking cover design is by Alexander Steinweiss (1917 - 2011), the graphic designer credited with inventing album cover art.


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4. Bachauer, Gina. (1913 - 1976).
Signed Photograph and Christmas Card

Vintage photograph of the celebrated Greek pianist, signed on the mount "Affectionately Gina / 1970" and sold together with a 1970 printed Holidays card from Bachauer and her husband, Alec Sherman. Small pinhole to card, else fine.

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5. Baker, Josephine. (1906-1975).
Vintage Photograph

Vintage 8 x 10 inch doubleweight original photograph of the great singer/dancer "in a happy good mood when she arrives at London airport" in 1959. Fine.

Baker was most noted as a singer, while in her early career she was a celebrated dancer. She was given the nicknames the "Black Venus" or the "Black Pearl", as well as the "Créole Goddess" in anglophone nations, while in France she has always been known in the old theatrical tradition as "La...Read More.


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London: C. W. Beaumont. 1919. First edition. Rare volume from the "Impressions of the Russian Ballet" series, one of only 40 deluxe copies printed on japan vellum, with hand-coloured illustrations throughout. 16 pp. 8° (250 x 180mm). Original pink wrappers, with printed label on the upper cover. Wrappers somewhat soiled and dinged, otherwise fine within. Signed and inscribed beneath the limitation by Beaumont to H. D. Browne.

A scarce copy of this remarkable privately published volume from the influential British dance...Read More.


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7. Barbirolli, John. (1899-1970).
Signed Tchaikovsky Score Page

Single page removed from the full score of Tchaikovsky's 5th Symphony signed by the beloved English Conductor "Rememberance / John Barbirolli." 5.25 x 7.25 inches. Fine.

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8. Berlin, Irving. (1888-1989)).
Signed "White Christmas" FDC

First Day Cover cancelled Christmas, 1969 and boldly signed in blue ink by the composer of the beloved holiday favorite, "White Christmas."

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the version sung by Bing Crosby is the best-selling single of all time, with estimated sales in excess of 50 million copies worldwide.


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9. Bernstein, Leonard. (1918-1990).
Signed Photograph with Pope John Paul II, inscribed to Jack Gottlieb

Exceptional vintage 8 x 10inch color photograph of the composer/conductor shaking the hand of Pope John Paul II, inscribed and signed in white ink “For Jack with love, Lenny B. [hebrew'] 1983.” Photographer's tag on the verso (Foto Felici, Roma), very fine, an unusual and perhaps unique image with a remarkable association.

Jack Gottlieb (1930 - 2011) was an important composer, teacher and long time associate of Leonard Bernstein. Although he is primarily remembered as Leonard...Read More.


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10. Björling, Jussi. (1911-1960).
Signed Photograph

A rare signed 8 x 10 inch photograph from the great Swedish tenor, regarded by many as the greatest tenor in history. Vintage glossy RCA promotional bust portrait, boldly signed and inscribed and dated 1948. Slight smudging, barely affecting the actual autograph which is bold and clear.

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11. Brahms, Johannes. (1833-1897).
Autograph Note on Calling Card

Autograph Note, in German, on the front of Brahms' engraved visiting card, 50 x 90 mm (3.25 x 2 in), no date. Nicely matted with a vintage postcard photograph of Brahms to an overall size of 9 x 12 inches. In fine condition.



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Signed 1940 Columbus Civic Concert recital program from the legendary violin and piano duo who have both boldly signed. Upper edge a little wrinkled, otherwise fine. Signed programs of this pair are very elusive.



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13. [Bust Insurance].
Original Photograph of Sabrina applying for "Bust Insurance."

Vintage original 1957 10 x 8 inch doubleweight photograph of the actress as she "insures her famous bust for 100,000: Sabrina who made a name for herself as a 'dumb blonde' - with a big bust insured that bust for 100,000. She has broken away from the ''dumb'' angle and is making records and personal appearances as a singer etc.." The images shows Sabrina as she "supplies the 'vital statistics' for insurance agent John E. Keevil - while arranging for the...Read More.

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14. Cage, John. (1912-1992) & Long, Lois. .
"Mud Book. How to make Pies and Cakes." - SIGNED

New York: Abrams. 1988. Small format (13.5 x 13.5 cm) hardcover volume, signed and inscribed by the composer on the front free endpage. A humorous and illustrated collection of "perfect" recipes for the production of mud pies and mud layer cakes, with pebble filling. Small tear to rear dj, otherwise in very fine condition

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15. Callas, Maria. (1923-1977).
Signed "Gioconda" Libretto

Vintage oversize LP libretto from Callas'sCetra recording of Ponchielli's "La Gioconda," boldly signed in fountain pen ink on the front cover "Maria Meneghini Callas." A large signature, in fine condition.

"Cetra had contracted Callas to record three operas before Walter Legge signed her up to an exclusive contract with the Columbia (Angel in the USA) label in July 1952. Cetra in fact recorded only two operas under their contract, this Gioconda and La Traviata, both made in...Read More.


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16. Calloway, Cab. (1907-1994).
Autograph Quotation "Hi-di-Ho!"

Autograph signature inscribed "Hi-di-ho" from the American jazz singer and bandleader strongly associated with the Cotton Club in Harlem, New York City where he was a regular performer.

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17. Caruso, Enrico. (1873-1921).
Original Mishkin Photograph "Fanciulla del West."

Original photograph of the great tenor in one of his most famous roles. 16.5 x 22 cm. Fine.

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18. Caruso, Enrico. (1873-1921).
Signed Photograph as Don José

Signed postcard photograph of the great tenor in the role of Don José in Bizet's Carmen, boldly signed in black ink "Enrico Caruso." The first part of the signature slightly smudged, otherwise in fine and crisp condition.

Caruso famously sang this role in San Francisco in 1906 on the eve of the great earthquake.


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19. [History] Churchill, Winston. (1874 - 1965).
Inscribed New Year's Photograph

Nice photograph of the Prime Minister looking customarily resolute. 4 x 3.5 inch half-length, unsigned, but inscribed in fountain pen on mount beneath the image, "Souvenir New Year 1942" in the Prime Minister's hand in fountain pen. Minor silvering at photo edges, otherwise fine. Contained under glass within simple wood frame. Overall 5 x 6.5 inches.

A good example from the British politician known chiefly for his leadership of the United Kingdom during World War II. He...Read More.


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20. Conti, Bill. (b. 1942).
Autograph Musical Quotation, "Rocky."

A boldly penned AMQS from the Italian-American film music conductor who is frequently the conductor at the Academy Awards ceremony. 2 measures from his 1976 score to "Rocky," the popular "Gonna Fly Now" which topped the Billboard singles chart in 1977. Signed and inscribed on a 10.5 x 15.5 cm card. In very fine condition.

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