A scan of eBay’s “Entertainment Memorabilia” section last night shows that treasures once held in secret are now up for sale — did the flagging economy force jazz conoisseurs (or their heirs) to put their cherished artifacts in the market?
Here’s a young Pee Wee Erwin. Who was lucky Diane?
And another famous trumpet player, in a checked shirt, signing with his characteristic green pen:
Was Maynard’s last name Ferguson? Or perhaps Krebs?
And this fellow — not precisely a jazz musician but someone jazz musicians and listeners hold dear:
And the woman who signed the pink page certainly knew how to sing Gershwin:
In the presence of all these riches, who needs groceries?
P.S. It’s obvious, though, that the sellers often don’t have the faintest idea of what they are putting up for sale: in the set of autographs above, one is identified as “Berry Carter,” and another seller is offering a fine photograph of Louis — identified as “Count Bassie.”