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Lot # 1343 (of 1525)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

Stanford White Signed Letter

Starting Bid - $400.00, Sold For - $464.00

Offered here is a simple handwritten and signed letter from a very complicated man - renowned turn-of-the-century architect Stanford White. On McKim, Mead & White letterhead (5.25 x 8 inches), this short letter reads in full: "J.M. Burt. Dear Mr. Burt, I send check for 126.52 total. Have you got the book (illegible),Yours, Stanford White." Boldly penned in black fountain pen, the signature (and writing) grade a strong "9" on a scale of "1" to "10." While the content of this letter may seem mundane, Stanford White himself was anything but. A founder of the architectural firm McKim, Mead & White in 1880, by the end of the century White was one of the most famous and sought-after designers of buildings in the world. With work for the Astors and Vanderbilts, as well as the Washington Square Arch and Madison Square Garden to his credit, White was one of the most prominent celebrities of his time. He enjoyed his status in society by throwing lavish parties and having scandalous affairs that made headlines in the tabloids of the day. His relationship with actress Evelyn Nesbit led to his untimely death at the hands of her husband Harry Thaw, as documented in the film The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing. This is a rare and beautifully preserved signed letter from one of the Gilded Age's most talented and flamboyant figures. Excellent condition. LOA from James Spence, Steve Grad & John Reznikoff/PSA DNA. Reserve $400. Estimate $800/$1,200. SOLD FOR $464.00


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