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1957 Jack Kerouac Signed Note on NBC Mailing Label
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $580.00
The 1957 publication of Jack Kerouac's (1922-1969) classic novel On The Road caused legions of disillusioned youngsters to take to the highway in search of their dreams and remains a template for rebelliousness to this day. Offered is a short note and pencil signature from the enigmatic author and poster boy for the Beat Generation dating to the year of his explosion to fame. Signed on the back of an NBC (TV) mailing label (6 x 3.5 inches) and addressed to "Mr. Jack Kerouac, c/o Glassman," the note reads "Listen to these guys sing one chorus, Jack Kerouac" ("10"). Kerouac lived with Joyce Glassman (later Johnson) in 1957-1958 as he struggled to get his works published. The precise meaning of the message is unknown, but that is most fitting for this literary legend. The fact that the message relates to music is all the more appropriate in light of Kerouac's enduring status as a Beat Generation cultural icon. Known for his unique, spontaneous, unconventional prose, Kerouac's cult literary status was confirmed with the sale, in recent years, of his original typed manuscript of On The Road for $2.2 million dollars. Beautifully framed with a portrait to dimensions of 18 x 12.5 inches. Double-sided glass allows both sides of the mailing label to be viewed. This is a unique and fascinating keepsake from the high priest of the Beat Generation. In Very Good condition. LOA from James Spence, Steve Grad & John Reznikoff/PSA DNA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $580.00
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