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1970 Duane Allman and Berry Oakley (Allman Brothers) Signed Checks (2)
Starting Bid - $400, Sold For - $2,370
Pair of checks signed, respectively, by Duane Allman and Berry Oakley, two of the original members of the legendary Allman Brothers Band. Each of the checks, drawn on The Peoples Bank of Macon, Georgia, is from the band's business account and is labeled "The Allman Bros. Band - General Account." The first, dated June 9, 1970, is made out to the "Miami Federation of Musicians" in the amount of $5.10 and has been signed by "Raymond Berry Oakley" in black ink (grading "7"). A stamped endorsement appears on the reverse. The second, dated June 23, 1970, is made out to "Cash" in the amount of $106.08 and has been signed by "Duane Allman" in black ink ("10"). A handwritten endorsement, reading "for deposit only/Allman Bros. Band/Payroll account," appears on the reverse. The Allman Brothers Band was formed in 1969 and originally included Duane Allman (slide guitar), Gregg Allman (vocals, organ), Dickey Betts (guitar), Berry Oakley (bass guitar), Butch Trucks (drums), and Jai Johanny "Jaimoe" Johanson (drums). One of the first and most influential of the Southern Rock groups, the band enjoyed wide critical success during its first two years. Unfortunately, tragedy struck the group in 1971 when Duane was killed in a motorcycle accident in Macon, Georgia. The following year, guitarist Berry Oakley also passed away in a motorcycle accident, the mishap occurring just three blocks from the site of Duane's fatal crash. Despite the losses, the band continued on, and later recorded two of its most highly acclaimed hits, Ramblin' Man and Jessica. In 1995 the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Because of their early and unexpected deaths, the signatures of both Duane Allman and Berry Oakley are very rare, and are particularly desirable in this form. Both checks measure 8.25 x 3 inches and display normal cancellation stamps on the front and reverse. Aside from the fact that the Duane Allman check has small piece of clear tape affixed to the reverse (not in repair of a tear), both checks are in Near Mint condition. This is an outstanding pair of rare checks signed by two of the original members of the legendary Allman Brothers Band. Accompanied by a photographic print of the original band members. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $400. Estimate $800/$1,200. SOLD FOR $2,370
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