We get so used to idealizing our artistic heroes that it comes as a shock when we confront pieces of evidence that show them leading everyday lives. Two such artifacts have just surfaced on eBay — pages from the celebrity register from a New York City restaurant, THE STUDIO, near Carnegie Hall, to be auctioned off to the highest bidder.
The first page, from 1961, has been signed by Coleman Hawkins, J.C. Heard, Babs Gonzales, and others:
Hawkins loved the food!
The second page dates from 1958 and has a rarely-seen signature:
Oh, I hope that Billie liked the food as much as Hawkins did.