Lot 7120: Rare ALS signed "Jim," one page both sides, 5.75 x 8, no date but postmarked May 18, 1971. Letter to Frank and Kathy Lisciandro in Beverly Hills, written from L'Hotel in Paris. In full: "Sorry not to have written sooner. It doesn't seem like I've been here this long. We've been travelling—in Spain, (Granada was best) Morocco, Southern France & Corsica—where I lost my jacket, money etc. & had to fly back to Paris to wait for more. If Sicily is anything like Corsica you'll probably love it. We'll be back in Paris around June 7 thru Sept. There's an extra room so please stay w/ us. How is everything? Say hello to everyone & try to get over here." Includes the original mailing envelope addressed in Morrison's hand. In fine condition.After the Doors finished recording LA Woman in March 1971 to complete their Elektra contract, Morrison left the band for Paris to begin a new phase of his life. Recalling the romance of the city from a visit in 1970, Morrison deemed it an ideal environment to break from the rock-and-roll lifestyle and concentrate on writing poetry. His longtime girlfriend Pamela Courson had gone ahead to Paris in mid-February to sort out their living arrangements, with Morrison to arrive a month later. The recipients of this letter, Frank and Katherine Lisciandro, were close to Morrison and accompanied him to the airport on March 10, 1971 for his intended flight, with the understanding that they would would meet up with him in Paris in a few months and possibly travel through Europe together; Jim's actual departure was delayed a day when he missed the March 10th boarding call. Katherine, who worked as the Doors' secretary, recalls that Morrison called the band's office from Paris in April or May and asked when she and Frank were coming to visit, hoping it would be soon. He also mentioned he was not feeling great and was seeing a doctor. Unfortunately, Morrison passed away in Paris shortly before the Lisciandros were to visit, leaving the present letter as his last direct contact with two of his closest friends. It is one of just two known Morrison letters written from Paris, the other to Doors accountant Bob Greene concerning business matters. As a supremely rare letter by one of the most iconic frontmen in the history of rock music, this is a truly impressive piece.
RR Auction's Marvels of Modern Music Auction 457
Thursday, 23rd July 2015
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