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Item 2103 - Charlie Parker Signed Photograph Catalog 484 (Sep 2016)

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Sold Price: $20,000.00 (includes buyer's premium)


Extremely rare vintage glossy 7.75 x 9.75 photo of Parker by James J. Kriegsmann of New York, signed and inscribed in fountain pen, “To Kayo, Regards of Charlie Parker.” In fine condition, with trimmed borders, creasing to corners, and a light stain touching the saxophone. Accompanied by a letter of provenance, from renowned jazz collector Norman Saks, in part: “The signed photograph is reproduced on page 31 of the book ‘Charlie Parker & Jazz Club Memorabilia: The Norman R. Saks Collection’ by Ken Vail. It comes from my personal collection.” The original recipient, “Kayo,” assembled a well-known in-person collection through his job as a train conductor, where he acquired celebrities’ autographs as they rode the train. Augmented by rock solid provenance, this is an exceptional signed photo of Bird, a revolutionary saxophonist who remains exceedingly scarce and hugely sought after across all formats. Pre-certified REAL.

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