FRED ASTAIRE - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 03/16/1960 - HFSID 254494
Sale Price $450.00
He signs a letter to a friend, speaking of his horses racing in Australia, and how he wishes he could see them
Autograph letter signed: "F.A.". 2p, 8½x11. Beverly Hills, California, 1960 March 16. On his personal imprinted letterhead. To Stan Murphy, Melbourne, Australia. In part: "Was mighty happy to talk to you on the phone to-night...I congratulate you on the way you are handling these two animals of mine. You have changed my racing luck and got me back in the winning stride...Am glad you brought up about the percentage to the jock and of course your own. I thought I had made that clear with you before I left Australia...For you it is always 10 per cent of all monies won whether it be win or place. This of course in addition to training fees. I think that is the best way and if it suits you, let's just consider that the final understanding. I still do not care to bet when I'm not there. After you have paid out all the money that's due everybody - send me an accounting so that I may hand it into my tax man. Also let me know what my cash balance is. This is a lot of fun and I'm getting a big kick out (sic) my Australian racing. Sure wish I could see some of it. Perhaps in their three year old year I'll get a chance to visit...All best-". Withair mail envelope addressed to "Mr. Stan Murphy, 30 Leonard Crescent, Ascotvale, Melbourne, Australia" in Astaire's hand. Fred Astaire (1899-1987) began his career touring in the vaudeville circuit with his sister Adele as a dancing partner. After many stage hits, he was given a screen test resulting in the famous verdict: "Can't act. Slightly bald. Can dance a little." In the 1930s, he was paired with Ginger Rogers in ten films and continued to dominate musical films in the 1940s. Astaire was a recipient of a special Academy Awardin 1949 for his contribution to films and was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for The Towering Inferno in 1974. He died at 88 in 1987. Two items. Slight horizontal and vertical folds (do not touch signature). Lightly soiled. Fine condition.
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