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Lot #592
Big Bill Broonzy

The elusive blues pioneer

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Estimate: $2000+
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The elusive blues pioneer

American blues singer, songwriter and guitarist (1893-1958), who was one of the key figures in the development of blues music in the 20th century; he became an international star in the 1950s when he returned to his traditional folk-blues roots and became one of the leading figures of the emerging American folk music revival. Very rare vintage glossy 7.5 x 9 half-length photo of Broonzy playing his guitar, signed and inscribed in black ballpoint ,"To Willy, Best wishes, from, Big Bill Broonzy.” Affixed to an off-white 9.5 x 11.75 sheet. In fine condition, with a light paperclip impression to the left edge, and a bit of ink adhesion trouble to the end of the signature. Broonzy remains rare across all signed formats, with this being just the second photo we have ever offered, and easily the most impressive. Learn more about this photo.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autographs and Artifacts
  • Dates: #519 - Ended January 10, 2018

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