Lot 206: William Randolph Hearst

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2015-10-06 13:04:54

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Lot 206: Seven pages of poetry handwritten by Hearst, the first in pencil on five sheets and the other in ink on two sheets. The pencil poem, apparently an ode to his favorite restaurant in Spain, in part: "Did you ever have coffee / more creamy / hot and steamy / than that is / You're a practised and / persistent eater / Did you ever taste ham / that was sweeter / Or bread that is whiter / Or rolls that are lighter / Than those that they serve / you at Ronda." The second, in part: "Will you walk into my parlor / said the poppie to the kids / It's a place to rest your bodies / and a place to hang your lids / You can drink a whiskey cocktail / or enjoy the cup that cheers / And there are no smells and noises / to remind you of Tangiers." In overall fine condition. Accompanied by three unsigned typescripts of the second poem. In an interesting association, Hearst used a church in Ronda, Spain, as the basis for the design of his famous Hearst Castle. Hearst enjoyed writing poetry throughout his entire life, sharing it with close friends but rarely publishing it himself. Provenance: William Collier Family Collection. RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 462 Wednesday, 14th October 2015 Estimate: $1000-1500
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