Lot #741
Django Reinhardt Signed Photograph

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Estimate: $8000+


Striking vintage pearl-finish 7 x 9.25 portrait of the legendary jazz guitarist smoking a cigarette by Paris photographer Teddy Piaz, neatly signed and inscribed in fountain pen, "Pour Bob, Django Reinhardt.” In very good condition, with scattered light creasing, two light diagonal bends to the lower left, and silvering to the darker areas of the image. Accompanied by a small original 2.25 x 3 candid snapshot of the doorway of Reinhardt's club La Roulotte (marked on the reverse "Paris France, 1943, Bob Klaiss") and a letter of provenance from the former owner, noting that the signed photograph was "given to my father in Paris, France where he met Django at his club, La Roulotte, during WWII in 1943. My father, Bob Klaiss, was a professional bass player from Philadelphia, PA, playing in Army bands during the war. He has since passed, but told me what a memorable experience it was to meet and hear the famous jazz guitarist perform at his club in Paris. The additional photo shows the front entrance of La Roulotte, taken by my father, showing Django's name around the arch. My father made a note at that time on the back of this photo, 'Paris, France 1943.'"

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts, Ft. Science & Tech
  • Dates: #622 - Ended December 08, 2021

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