Massive collection of well over 1000 items signed by a diverse assortment of singers, composers, choreographers, performers, and others related to the domain of opera and theatre, primarily consisting of photos, letters, programs, and advertisements, with many signers appearing multiple times. Notable signers include: Licia Albanese; Mikhail Baryshnikov; Lucrezia Bori; Sammy Cahn; Maria Callas; Enrico Caruso; Feodor Chaliapin; Katharine Cornell; Merce Cunningham; Walter Damrosch; Gloria DeHaven; Nelson Eddy; Lynn Fontanne; Christopher Fry; Mary Garden; Johnny Green; Oscar Hammerstein I; Helen Hayes; Hildegarde; Wendy Hiller; Jerome Hines; John Houseman; Betty Hutton; Marcel Journet; Garson Kanin and Ruth Gordon; Andre Kostelanetz; Lotte Lehmann; Vivien Leigh and Jean Pierre Aumont; Lotte Lenya; Eugenie Leontovich; Jenny Lind; Cecilia Loftus; Henry Mancini; Marcel Marceau; Giovanni Martinelli; Nino Martini; Lauritz Melchior; Yehudi Menuhin; Vincente Minnelli; Birgit Nilsson; Lillian Nordica; Jarmila Novotna; Laurence Olivier; Luciano Pavarotti; Jan Peerce; Roberta Peters; Lily Pons; Leontyne Price; Elisabeth Rethberg; Lillian Russell; Ernestine Schumann-Heink; Marcella Sembrich; Helen Traubel; Keenan Wynn, and many more. Includes many unsigned items and numerous original mailing envelopes. In overall very good to fine condition. A world-class assemblage of thespian luminaries whose collective influence continues to reach the back of the concert hall.
Due to the large quantity a few secretarial and/or printed signatures may be included. Interested parties are encouraged to view the collection in person at our offices or call us with specific inquiries, as this collection is sold as is and no returns will be accepted.
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