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1953 Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz Signed Letter With I Love Lucy Content
Starting Bid - $400.00, Sold For - $928.00
Offered is a most extraordinary Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz signed letter. This is an extraordinary letter on several counts: it is flawlessly signed by both Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz (which in itself is very rare), the letter references I Love Lucy, and the letter was written to express thanks for I Love Lucy receiving one of the earliest and most prestigious awards for excellence in television programming. The one-page typed letter, on Desilu Productions letterhead, is dated June 23, 1953 and written to Miss Izzy Rowe of the Pittsburgh Courier. The letter reads in full: "Dear Miss Rowe, We have just learned that I LOVE LUCY has been awarded the Pittsburgh Courier first annual 'Bert Williams Award.' On behalf of the cast, crew, and our sponsor --Philip Morris --please accept our sincere thanks for this flattering honor. We are making a motion picture, 'The Long, Long Trailer' at M-G-M, thus we are unable to accept the award in person. We are pleased, however, that our producer and head writer, Mr. Jess Oppenheimer, was able to be there for the presentation. Be assured of our constant striving to maintain the high standards of I LOVE LUCY which you have so generously honored." The letter has been boldly signed in blue ink ("10") by both Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. I Love Lucy debuted in 1951 and was an immediate hit with the American public. During its six-year run the show finished first in the Nielson ratings four times and was never out of the top three. Today, it is widely considered as one of the finest television comedies of all time. The star of the show, Lucille Ball was, arguably, the most important woman in television history, having ruled the airways for nearly twenty-five years in a number of hit shows. Desi, of course, was also Lucille Ball's real-life husband and the moving force behind Desilu Productions, the most successful television production company ever formed. The letter (8.5 x 11 inches) has normal mailing folds and is in Excellent condition. Accompanying the letter is a second generation wire photo (8 x 10 inches, Ex) of Lucy and Desi posing together on the set that would be ideal for display with the letter. LOA from Steve Grad & John Reznikoff/PSA DNA. Total: 2 items (letter and photo). Reserve $400. Estimate $800/$1,200. SOLD FOR $928.00
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