Lot 799: Exceedingly desirable handwritten manuscript by Jim Morrison, unsigned, one page, 7.5 x 8.5, no date but circa 1960s. In full: "On the third of January, near the door his lodgings, Nietzsche saw a cabman whipping a horse. He threw his arms around the animal's neck and burst into tears, marking first hour of his madness. He had purposely contracted syphilis as a student-playing Wagner on the upright for the whores-and carried the germs of chaos all his years. When he at last despaired of embodying in words his entire world of thought, he let those forces sweep through him and explode chambers in his brain. But not before capping his philosophy with that last symbolic act-the final chapter in his philosophy-and wed himself with the act and animal for all time." Includes a glossy 7.5 x 9.5 MCA publicity photo of Morrison, signed in black felt tip by his bandmates Ray Manzarek, John Densmore, and Robby Krieger. Handsomely double-matted and framed together to an overall size of 24.5 x 17.5. In overall fine condition, with mild haloing to Manzarek's signature.
Although Morrison found fame as the lead singer of The Doors, his true passion was poetry. He famously regarded himself as a writer and poet as much as a singer, with an expressed desire to be taken seriously as a poet; portions of his work went on to inspire some of The Doors compositions. The concepts of this piece of writing are found in Morrison's improvised 'Ode To Friedrich Nietzsche,' which can be seen in the 1970 film Feast of Friends. An absolutely outstanding piece that represents Nietzsche's influence on the legendary Doors frontman.
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Friday, 23rd October 2015
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