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Item 528 - Beatles: George Harrison Catalog 555 (May 2019)

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ALS, one page, 7 x 9, 26 Cadogan Square letterhead, no date, but circa late 1970s. Letter to British actor Ken Kitson, in full: “Thanks for your letter about the farting—it was funny to hear from you! I’m sorry to say that Handmade is not going ahead with financing at the moment—to tell you the truth we are looking to use other people’s money as well! It is or can be very difficult and we have had our ups & downs, to say the least! Well sorry Pal—but best of luck with your project. If Handmade suddenly makes millions I’ll try to remember you—till then all the best and love and best wishes to Vera!” In fine condition.

Includes is a handwritten provenance letter from Kitson, which reads: “Here is a letter to say how the letter from George Harrison came about. I worked with Michael Palin [Monty Python] on ‘Ripping Yarns’ and later on two other programmes. It turned out that George along with Joe Brown were two of my biggest fans according to Michael. Which I thought was great, but then George Harrison wrote this letter to me on his private notepaper. I also enclose a little note from Michael Palin.” The ANS from Palin, on The Gumby Corporation stationery, reads: “Good luck! I’m sure that I’ve told you that Joe Brown and George Harrison knew all the lines from Golden Gordon aft my heart—but their favourite of all was ‘Fartings stopped’—love and good wishes, Michael.”

Harrison's mention of "Handmade" refers to HandMade Films, a film production and distribution company formed by Harrison and business partner Denis O'Brien in 1978 to finance the Monty Python film Life of Brian. Although the company was purchased in 2010, HandMade was responsible delivering to the public a variety successful and enduring titles, including: Terry Gilliam's 1981 fantasy Time Bandits, the 1981 fan-favorite slasher The Burning, the 1987 cult classic Withnail and I, Guy Ritchie's 1998 crime caper Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, and Danny Boyle's 2010 survival story 127 Hours. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Tracks.

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