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Monk's Cafe Prop Menu From Seinfeld

Starting Bid - $100, Sold For - $1,175

This original "Monk's Cafe" menu was used on the iconic hit television comedy Seinfeld and is accompanied by a letter of provenance signed by Michael Schiffman, a former stage hand on the set. In his one-page letter, Schiffman writes in part: "This Monks Cafe Menu was issued to the set of 'SEINFELD' for use on the Monk's set. As an assistant to Prop Master Stan Ascough, I personally oversaw the use of this item over the course of 5 years, and will verify that it has been handled by every member of the cast on numerous occasions. When the series ended, this item was sold for resale to: It's a Wrap Productions located in Burbank, CA. I acquired this item from It's a Wrap on June 2, 1998. I hope you will enjoy this item for many years to come." As any fan of Seinfeld knows, Monk's Cafe was the fictional New York coffee shop in which Jerry, Elaine, George, and Kramer regularly met. Along with Jerry's apartment, Monk's Cafe was one of the two principal sets on the show and the location where much of the show's action took place. If one looks closely at the reruns today, this style menu is clearly seen on the table in every Cafe scene and is many times prominently displayed in the hands of the characters as they place their order with the waitress. Seinfeld , which ran on NBC from 1989 through 1998, was a groundbreaking comedy and one of the most popular television shows of the 1990s. Both a commercial and critical success, the show also gave rise to a series of catch phrases and words that now are part of our popular culture, including "yada, yada, yada, master of your domain, shrinkage, and Festivus (for the rest of us). In 2002 TV Guide named Seinfeld as the greatest television program of all time. The eight-page menu (6.25 x 9.25 inches), which features plastic covers and which is all the more amusing as it lists food prices inside that date from the 1950s, displays only modest wear and is in Excellent to Mint condition. This is a rare opportunity to own an iconic piece of television history. Reserve $100. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,175

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