Rare Jim Morrison letter sold at RR Auction



2015-07-24 10:27:26

Documents and letters signed by Jim Morrison were amongst the top lots at the most recent RR Auction Marvels of Modern Music sale.

The two items served as perfect bookends to the story of The Doors, with one dated just before their first #1 record in 1967and the other written soon after their split in 1971.

First up was a legal contract, dated July 12, 1967, which saw the band agree to make their debut appearance on Dick Clark's hit US TV show American Bandstand. Having lip-synched to two tracks, ‘Crystal Ship’ and ‘Light My Fire’, the band then gave a brief interview with Clark in which Morrison said their second album would probably be called Strange Days.

Their appearance was broadcast on July 22, and just one week later ‘Light My Fire’ raced to the top of the Billboard charts to give The Doors their first major hit. Signed by Morrison in red ballpoint pen, at the moment just before the band exploded into the national consciousness, the contract sold for $10,630.

The second lot was a letter from Morrison's final days, after he left the band to live with Pamela Courson in Paris.

The letter was postmarked May 18, 1971, less than three months before his death on July 3, and was sent from L'Hotel in Paris to Morrison's friends Frank and Kathy Lisciandro of Beverly Hills.

"Sorry not to have written sooner," Morrison writes. "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."

The rare handwritten letter sold for $23,032.

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2015-07-24 13:07:35

Interesting penmanship from Morrison, very similar to Oscar Wilde's actually.

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