Dec 15, 2023 10:00 EST

Stage & Screen

 
  Lot 5087
 

5087

A fine association between Judy Garland and Barbara Cook

Estate / Collection: The Collection of Barbara Cook

JUDY GARLAND (1922-1969)

A signed and inscribed Judy Garland Sings album sleeve, gifted to actress and singer Barbara Cook for her birthday. US: MGM Records, 1951. Inscribed in ink "To Barbara, Happy Birthday" and signed by Garland on the front of the sleeve, additionally inscribed "Happy Birthday - Hal - Naomi - Hamil - Merle - Spideo", the record is a 33 1/3 R. P. M., catalog number MGM E82. Sleeve measures 10 1/4 x 10 1/4 inches (25.75 x 25.75 cm). Wear to sleeve, with rubbing soiling and water staining, one corner bumped, edges splitting in a few areas, inscriptions somewhat faded, the record a bit dusty with some faint scratching.

An association copy of the 1951 album Judy Garland Sings, a compilation of some of Garland's best-known recordings, featuring songs from her by composers such as Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein, Cole Porter, and Harold Arlen. This record was signed and inscribed to Broadway actress and singer Barbara Cook for her birthday. In an August 11, 2017 interview with Terry Gross on Fresh Air, Cook credits Garland as being an early mentor and idol, stating that, what Garland taught her about singing "was to think about shaping a song so that it had a beginning, a middle and an end and so that it had a kind of emotional line. And that was something that hadn't occurred to me before."

Provenance: Collection of Barbara Cook, by descent to her son, actor Adam LeGrant


 

Estate / Collection: The Collection of Barbara Cook

JUDY GARLAND (1922-1969)

A signed and inscribed Judy Garland Sings album sleeve, gifted to actress and singer Barbara Cook for her birthday. US: MGM Records, 1951. Inscribed in ink "To Barbara, Happy Birthday" and signed by Garland on the front of the sleeve, additionally inscribed "Happy Birthday - Hal - Naomi - Hamil - Merle - Spideo", the record is a 33 1/3 R. P. M., catalog number MGM E82. Sleeve measures 10 1/4 x 10 1/4 inches (25.75 x 25.75 cm). Wear to sleeve, with rubbing soiling and water staining, one corner bumped, edges splitting in a few areas, inscriptions somewhat faded, the record a bit dusty with some faint scratching.

An association copy of the 1951 album Judy Garland Sings, a compilation of some of Garland's best-known recordings, featuring songs from her by composers such as Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein, Cole Porter, and Harold Arlen. This record was signed and inscribed to Broadway actress and singer Barbara Cook for her birthday. In an August 11, 2017 interview with Terry Gross on Fresh Air, Cook credits Garland as being an early mentor and idol, stating that, what Garland taught her about singing "was to think about shaping a song so that it had a beginning, a middle and an end and so that it had a kind of emotional line. And that was something that hadn't occurred to me before."

Provenance: Collection of Barbara Cook, by descent to her son, actor Adam LeGrant

Auction: Stage & Screen, Dec 15, 2023

  • Third Annual Stage & Screen Auction on December 15, 2023 Surpasses Expectations!
  • Art, Memorabilia, Autographs & Photographs of the Theater, Hollywood, Music and Dance
  • Held in Collaboration with the Entertainment Community Fund


NEW YORK, NY -- Doyle's third annual Stage & Screen auction on December 15, 2023 attracted determined competition from collectors and fans around the world resulting in a sale total that surpassed expectations! Held in collaboration with the Entertainment Community Fund, the auction offered artwork, memorabilia, props, autographs and photographs from the vast history of the performing arts: Theater, Hollywood, Music and Dance.

Recognizing the importance of the performing arts to the fabric of New York, and the terrible toll the pandemic and recent strikes have taken on the entertainment community, Doyle is proud to donate 10% of our profit from this auction to the Entertainment Community Fund.

Highlighting the sale was an important 1969 letter and drawing from rock legend Freddie Mercury to Ibex bandmate Mick "Miffer" Smith that soared past its $12,000-18,000 estimate to achieve $50,400. Penned a year before forming Queen, Mercury discusses seeing Led Zeppelin, his sexuality, his songwriting, and his early bands’, Ibex and Wreckage, upcoming performances. The letter is a tour-de-force of descriptive thought and shows his growing passion for writing music.


The Entertainment Community Fund (formerly The Actors Fund)

A special section of the auction comprising lots 5001 - 5019 featured celebrity memorabilia presented by the Entertainment Community Fund. While a portion of proceeds from every item in the auction benefited the Fund, 100% of the hammer price of the lots in this section goes entirely to the Entertainment Community Fund.

A highlight of this section was the stunning pink double-breasted velvet tuxedo jacket worn by Daniel Craig to the world premiere of No Time To Die at London's Royal Albert Hall on September 28, 2021. With competition from both sides of the Atlantic, the tuxedo jacket sold for $10,710, more than doubling its $3,000-5,000 estimate.

Founded in 1882, the Entertainment Community Fund (formerly The Actors Fund) is a national 501(c)(3) charitable organization for performing arts and entertainment professionals. The Fund helps address the specific needs of those in the industry, with a unique understanding of the challenges involved in a life in the arts. Read More ►


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