COLE PORTER - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 05/06/1955 - HFSID 178628
Sale Price $935.00
He signs a scathing, handwritten letter, berating "Mrs. S." for giving away the wrong French painting: "... get the Maquette back quick. Shame!!"
Autograph Letter Signed: "C. P." in pencil, 2 pages, 8¼x5¾, front and verso. No place, 1955 May 6. On letterhead of the Grand Hotel Roma to "Dear Mrs. S-". In full: "By your letter of May 3rd I note that you gave Ernie Martin the wrong picture, if you gave him the picture on the north-west wall of 41C. This is a Maguette of a ballet,-it shows a girl standing in a doorway. (Diaghileff gave it to me). The Utrillo is the picture that was on the West wall south of the air-conditioner. It is a scene of the streets of Paris with the dome of Sacre' Coeur in the background. Give him the Utrillo & get the Maquette back quick. Shame !! Best " Composer and lyricist Cole Porter (1891-1964), who was born in Peru, Indiana, won two Tony Awards in 1949 (Best Composer & Lyricist and Best Musical) for Kiss Me, Kate, and he was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Song in 1936, 1941, 1943 and 1956. Among the songs penned by Porter, who was known for his urbane, witty lyrics and sinuous music are "You Do Something to Me", "What Is This Thing Called Love?", "Night and Day", "Anything Goes", "I Get a Kick Out of You", "You're the Top", "Begin the Beguine", "My Heart Belongs to Daddy", "I've Got You Under My Skin" and scores of other popular songs. He appeared (unaccredited) in his screen biography, Night and Day, in 1946, the year his musical, Around the World in Eighty Days, ran on Broadway (May-August). Porter wrote over 20 musicals, including Anything Goes (1934), Silk Stockings (1955) and High Society (1956). Lightly creased. Stray ink marks. Overall, fine condition.
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