Lot 853: Paramount Pictures Cafe Continental menu from the early-to-mid 1960s, 7.25 x 11.5, signed on the 'Paramount Specials' section in blue ballpoint, "Elvis Presley." A few other entertainers have signed in the margins, including Michael Landon, Peter Lawford, Mary Tyler Moore, Dick Van Dyke, and Andy Griffith, and the menu bears several dozen facsimile signatures of various stars and celebrities in the background. In fine condition, with light scattered creases and moderate contrast to Elvis's signature against the busy text of the menu. Accompanied by a letter of provenance from the original recipient, in part: "I was fortunate to be in a small group given a private tour of the lot, where TV shows and movies were being shot…Our group's trip…was set up and chaperoned by Mr. and Mrs. Gene Vanouse, who had been organizational committee members of the Miss San Bernardino County contest of that year. I had placed second in the contest, and the group comprised the top three (or five?) contestants. In the course of the tour, we were introduced by our guide to various actors and obtained their autographs. Elvis Presley happened to be taking a break outside one of the sound stages. I remember his hair was an improbable blue-black; and he was standing alone, in front of a motorcycle, that was the only vehicle parked in the area. Though he was likely looking for some alone-time, he was very kind and courteous to our group of young girls."
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 460
Wednesday, 16th September 2015
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