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Three Stooges Signed William Morris Agency Contract
Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $812.00
One-page contract between the William Morris Agency and The Three Stooges: Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Joe DeRita. The Stooges achieved their greatest earning power in the late 1950s and early 1960s, when their early movie shorts were shown continuously on TV. The exposure caused the Stooges to became a part of growing up for millions of new young fans, and launched a second career for the legendary comedy trio, both in movies and for personal appearances. The contract, dated March 29, 1963, appoints the William Morris Agency as the exclusive agent of The Three Stooges for the one-year period beginning January 17, 1963 and ending January 16, 1964. The contract also calls for the Agency to receive a 10% commission rate for its services. The contract has been signed by Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Joe DeRita in blue ink (all grading "10") as well as by a representative of the agency. An attached rider to the contract allows for The Three Stooges to be represented by Al Dobritch for appearances at Circuses, Fairs, Arenas, Stadiums, Auditoriums and Parks. The contract (8-1/2 x 14 inches) displays two horizontal folds (with a clear tape repair to a tear along one edge), notebook holes along the top and a corner chip in the lower right. LOA from Steve Grad & John Reznikoff/PSA DNA. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$800. SOLD FOR $812.00
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