Lot #577
Stephen Sondheim Signed Book

First edition of West Side Story, signed by the award-winning lyricist
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Estimate: $800+


First edition of West Side Story, signed by the award-winning lyricist

Signed book: West Side Story. First edition, first printing. NY: Random House, 1958. Hardcover with dust jacket, 5.5 x 8.25, 143 pages. Signed and inscribed on the first free end page in black felt tip by Stephen Sondheim, who wrote the lyrics for the iconic musical. Autographic condition: fine. Book condition: NF/NF, with the jacket not price clipped.

Inspired by William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story debuted on Broadway in 1957 and won two Tony Awards. It remains an enduring piece of American musical theater, with frequent revivals and popular film adaptations made in 1961 and 2021. High-grade first editions of West Side Story are becoming less and less common, and far more so when signed by Pulitzer Prize-winning and legendary lyricist Stephen Sondheim.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts
  • Dates: #639 - Ended July 13, 2022

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