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1945-1947 Abbott and Costello Autograph Collection - Two Letters and Check (3 items)
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $960
This collection is comprised of two letters signed, respectively, by Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, as well a Lou Costello signed personal check. Abbott and Costello will always have a special place in the hearts of baseball fans because of their classic comedy routine, Who's On First, which they performed countless times on radio, stage, and television. 1) Bud Abbott one-page typed signed letter, dated October 1, 1945, on Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures letterhead. The letter, which is actually a reciept, reads "I hereby acknowledge receipt of one (1) 16 mm. print of the photoplay 'Abbott & Costello In Hollywood.'" It is signed "Bud Abbott" in black ink (grading "10"). The letter (8.5 x 11 inches) is dated stamped "M.E.B. Oct 1-1945." and displays a tiny hole in the upper left corner. A few light surface wrinkles and a small pencil notation along the base are also evident. Vg-Ex. 2) Lou Costello one-page typed-signed letter, dated October 1, 1945, on Costello's personal letterhead. The letter is identical in wording to the Abbott letter and acknowledges Costello's receipt of the photoplay. It is is signed "Lou Costello" in blue ink (grading "10"). The letter (7.25 x 10.5 inches) displays two horizontal folds, a tiny hole in the upper left corner, and a small pencil notation along the base. Vg-Ex. 3) Lou Costello personal check, dated November 25, 1947. The check, drawn on the Bank of America Studio City Branch (California) is made out to Mary Luster in the amount of $800 and has been signed by "Lou Costello" in blue ink (grading "9") along the base. Endorsed by Luster on the reverse. The check (8.5 x 3 inches) displays normal bank cancellation stamps and holes, as well as a single vertical fold. Ex. Total: 3 items (2 letters and a check). LOA from James Spence/JSA. SOLD FOR $960
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