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Marx Brothers Autograph Collection Including Signed Groucho Cigar (5)
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $1,276.00
Collection of five items signed by various members of the famed Marx Brothers comedy team (including a signed Groucho cigar!) plus seven unsigned publicity photos. 1) Cigar Signed by Groucho Marx. This rare Groucho Marx signed item is inscribed "To Tim - Groucho Marx" in black ink ("5") on a five-inch cigar (brand unknown, no label); Ex. 2) 5 x 7-Inch b/w Photo Inscribed by Chico Marx. Chico has inscribed the photo in black ink, "With Best Wishes to - 'Flatbush' - Where the Dodgers Play and Flatbush Lives - Chico Marx" (grading "8/9"). According to a former owner, "Flatbush" was the name of a dancer who often appeared at the Apollo Theater in New York. The photo displays some light adhesive residue along the top and bottom borders (touching upon a small area of the inscription) and is attached to a white mount by means of tape on the reverse, otherwise Ex-Mt. 3) Chico Marx Inscribed Postcard. The front of this 3 x 5-inch postcard advertises for the Blackhawk Restaurant in Chicago, with the illustrated marquee featuring the name of "Chico Marx and his Orchestra." Chico has inscribed the reverse in black ink, "Best Wishes - To Jimmy - Chico Marx" ("10"). Ex-Mt. Accompanied by an identical unsigned postcard (Ex, with a minor vertical crease) that would be perfect as a companion display piece (allowing for display of both front and back). 4) 8 x 10-Inch b/w Photo Inscribed by Groucho Marx. The publicity photo, published by AMC Records for "An Evening With Groucho," pictures Groucho, Chico and Harpo, and has been inscribed in black marker "To Jeff - Best Wishes from Groucho" (grading "8/9"). Vg-Ex, with light border wear. 5) 1962 Legal Contract Signed by Harpo and Zeppo Marx. Three-page legal agreement, dated April 6, 1962, between Paramount Pictures Corporation and Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Mary Di Vitha Marx (Executrix of the estate of Chico Marx), and Zeppo Marx. The contract, in exchange for various sums of money to each performer named, releases Paramount from any future claims against the company arising from their former 1930 agreement with Paramount with regard to the films Monkey Business and Horse Feathers. The contract has been signed in blue ink on page three by the following individuals: "Arthur Harpo Marx," "Mary Di Vitha Marx," (twice) "Herbert Zeppo Marx," and "Betty Marx." It appears that this is not the complete contract and there was most likely at least one more page. Groucho Marx has not signed this contract. All of the signatures grade "9/10." Excellent condition, with two filing holes along the top as well as staple holes. Included with the signed items are seven photos, comprised of both movie stills and publicity photos (vintage and non-vintage) featuring one or all of the comedy team members. Three photos have tack holes, otherwise all are in Excellent condition. Total 5 signed items plus 7 publicity photographs. LOA from Steve Grad & John Reznikoff/PSA DNA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $1,276.00
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