GEORGE GERSHWIN - COLLECTION - HFSID 265635
Sale Price $2,337.50
George Gershwin signature cut from a check with a sketch drawn by him.
Signature: "George Gershwin", 4½x1, cut from a check. Affixed to 6x8 mat with a 4½x5½ sketch drawn by Gershwin. 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. Cancellation holes nick the upper loop of the "G" in Gershwin. Upper right edge of signatue sheet torn away. Sketch is lightly creased. Sheet is torn at upper edge. Mat is lightly frayed at edges. Overall, fine condition.
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