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Lot # 1474 (of 1641)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1968 Jim Morrison Endorsed Check with Rare Full-Name Signature

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $3,555

Business check, dated February 5, 1968, endorsed on the reverse by Jim Morrison (1943-1971), lead singer of The Doors. The business check, issued from the "Johnson & Harold Management Account" and drawn on the Security First National Bank of Los Angeles, California, is made out to "Jim Morrison" in the amount of $200. It is signed on the front by "Robert L. Greene" and endorsed on the reverse by "Jim Morrison" in blue ink (grading "9"). Jim Morrison's signature is rare in any form, but especially full-name examples such as this. Morrison usually signed his name "J Morrison," even on legal documents, and we have only seen a few examples signed "Jim" or "James." Johnson & Harold was The Doors' management company. Morrison and The Doors were at the height of their popularity at the time this check was signed. Unfortunately, Morrison's penchant for alcohol and drugs led to his premature demise in 1971 at the age of twenty-seven. In his short and tumultuous life, Morrison left behind few signed items. The most desirable of these are the few verifiably authentic Morrison signatures that appear on official documents and checks, of which this is a stellar example. The check (8 x 3.25 inches) displays normal bank cancellation stamps and perforations (none of which affect Morrison's signature), as well as a number of minor surface abrasions on both the front and reverse. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. Mounted (by means of photo corners) and framed together with a recent print of Morrison to total dimensions of 20.5 x 19 inches. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $3,555

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