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Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) ALS
Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $1,057.50
One-page handwritten note signed by Samuel Clemens (1835-1910), a.k.a Mark Twain, American author and humorist. The undated missive, penned entirely in Clemens' hand upon his personal monogrammed stationery, was written by Clemens during a stay at the Langham Hotel in London. Clemens writes in full: "The Langham, Sunday, Dear Osgood - Enclosed is photo. Hope to send a better one when our latest come up from that Brighton place. Here's to you! Yours. S. L. Clemens." Both the text and Clemens' signature have been boldly scripted in black ink and grade "10." The Langham Hotel, built in 1865, was Europe's first grand hotel and catered to numerous celebrities. Clemens often stayed there during his trips to London as did other noted authors including Oscar Wilde, W. Somerset Maugham, and George Orwell. The hotel was also the setting for two of Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories, A Scandal in Bohemia and The Sign of Four . The letter (approximately 4.75 x 5.75 inches) bears a horizontal fold line and a very faint pencil notation in the upper left corner. In Excellent to Mint condition. It has been handsomely matted and framed together with a black-and-white photo (8 x 10 inches) of Clemens to total dimensions of 21 x 18 inches. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$600. SOLD FOR $1,057.50
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