GEORGE GERSHWIN - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED CHECK 02/12/1934 - HFSID 167082
Sale Price $1,615.00
George Gershwin signs a check to pay Paul Muller $50.00.
Partly Printed Check signed: "George Gershwin", 6½x2¾. New York, 1934 February 12. Drawn on his account at The National City Bank of New York, payable to Paul Muller for $50. George Gershwin (1898-1937), born Jacob Gershovitz (later shortened to Gershwin), was one of the greatest songwriters of his day and also a "serious" composer who bridged the gap between classical and popular music. In 1910, his mother purchased a piano for George's older brother, 14-year-old Ira, but it was 12-year-old George who quickly took to it. George's first Broadway show, La, La Lucille, ran for one hundred performances in 1919, the same year Al Jolson heard Gershwin's 1917 song "Swanee" and added it to his touring show. Gershwin's works include Rhapsody in Blue (1924), Porgy and Bess (1935) and the first Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, Of Thee I Sing (1931). In 1937, the year he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song, Gershwin died of a brain tumor in 1937 at the age of 38. Paper thinning from tape removed on verso at blank area. Cancellation hole nicks upper loop of the first "G," light circular bank stamp over "sh," else in fine condition.
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