Autograph Magazine Live

The Authentic Experience

Billie Holiday Personal Owned Arrangements From Her Very Last Recording Session

Views: 225

Attachments:

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

Interesting, Chris. How did you authenticate them? I bid on a letter Billie wrote from jail to her boyfriend, also in jail, in 1999. I dropped out at a little over $4,000 and kick myself to this day.

On the second page she wrote, "Thank God Momma is dead, because if she knew where I was it would kill her."

That's the power of an autograph.

I remember you telling that story and eating my heart out for you...and me. I love this stuff.

On this particular type of item, I'm probably my own best authenticator. I've spent a good amount of time hunting these kinds of things down. I followed the path of as many of those 'trunk in the garage' items as I could when the items were making the rounds. In fact, I had bids and emails out on a good number of the secondary 'knick knacks'. Unfortunately, hard drives are definitely not forever and I lost a little data base I was keeping up until about 2002 or 03, but my mental database clearly remembers many of the items I wanted, for what that's worth. 

Unlike the jail letter, which is a huge & priceless piece of the crazy, hazy life of BH and would undoubtedly fetch serious numbers beyond your standard (and overpriced) BH autograph, doctoring ephemeral items like these would require lots of time, info, material, etc, and that path just didn't come into play on these charts as they'd never be MONEY items. Not that such an extensive fakery wouldn't serve a larger purpose, but it's highly unlikely. They were a no brainer. The stock, the Hal Miles stamp, the hand. They're just standard NY charts like a hundred I've seen & owned before. As provenance goes, these were part of a few documented lots that went through Leland's very early in the last decade. I have that documentation for them. 

RSS

Blog Posts

The Death of One of my Heroes (this story contains: cursing, nudity, glass shattering, and of course...autographs)

Posted by Josh Board on August 29, 2015 at 10:21pm 0 Comments

When a newscaster I worked with passed away and I found out…

Continue

Rockers and a Hollywood Actor who wants to rock

Posted by Coachgd on August 29, 2015 at 8:28pm 3 Comments

Summer is winding down and school is about to start but I do have a few autograph stories from the past couple of weeks.

First off, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Chris Hillman (Byrds,Desert Rose Band, Flying Burrito Bros.) and Herb…

Continue

Just couple of Rock stories.... (5)

Posted by Peter C. on August 28, 2015 at 1:30pm 2 Comments

When I started to write my blog articles, I decided that my posts are going to be personal, interesting and funny stories which happened to me when I met my heroes. This is going to be my last blog post for some time - because it´s the last story…

Continue

Misspelled Inscriptions -- I Don't Wanna Work, I Want Autographed Drumheads All Day!

Posted by Josh Board on August 27, 2015 at 12:29am 4 Comments

I was talking to an old DJ I once worked with in the ‘90s. Rock and Roll Peg was not only the highest rated DJ in San Diego, she was a sweetheart. She knew I liked collecting autographs, and as the newest and youngest guy at the station,…

Continue

Elvis Presley/Bill Anderson Stories

Posted by Josh Board on August 18, 2015 at 9:59am 4 Comments

As a hardcore racquetball player, and lover of…

Continue

My Favorite All-Time Western Films--as of 12 August, 2015

Posted by Sam Lawson on August 12, 2015 at 7:00am 29 Comments

I love the old B-western/ western films...Here are my TOP 17 Western films of all-time, in order:

                                My Favorite Movies

  1. THE SEARCHERS- (John Wayne/Jeff Hunter/Ward Bond) 1956
  2. SHANE- (Alan…
Continue

Summer Concerts and the Football Hall of Fame

Posted by Coachgd on August 10, 2015 at 8:03pm 4 Comments

This has definitely been the summer for concerts for…

Continue

Just couple of Rock stories.... (4)

Posted by Peter C. on August 10, 2015 at 9:36am 2 Comments

Queen have been one of my favourite groups since my childhood - all huge sport events, every hockey championship have been accompanied by their two classics - We Will Rock You and We Are The Champions. I became much more interested in Queen in…

Continue

Badge

Loading…

© 2009-2015   Created by Steve Cyrkin, Community Manager.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service