Lot 802: American lyricist (1895–1943) who, together with composer Richard Rodgers, wrote some of the most enduring standards of the twentieth century. Handsome matte-finish 10 x 12.5 portrait of Hart in formal attire, signed and inscribed in fountain pen, "To Jeffrey Sill, who'll be so rich that he won't ever talk to me in 1944—Lorenz Hart, Au. 1 1939." Blindstamped in the lower left by renowned photographer Melbourne Spurr. Expertly double-matted and framed to an overall size of 16.5 x 19. In fine condition, with a tack hole to the upper left corner and a light crease to his eyebrow area. The year 1939 found Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart riding the crest of an enormous Broadway success, following a series of hits that culminated in the New York premiere of Too Many Girls in October. Hart's is a rare autograph in any form, and exceedingly so in signed photos; this wonderful portrait is the first we have offered.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 453
Sunday, 17th May 2015
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