EMPTY THOSE CLOSETS AND GET RICH!

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?

http://cgi.ebay.com/PEE-WEE-ERWIN-Trumpet-Original-Jazz-Photo-SIGNED-1940_W0QQitemZ220528589398QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item3358873a56

And another famous trumpet player, in a checked shirt, signing with his characteristic green pen:

Was Maynard’s last name Ferguson?  Or perhaps Krebs? 

http://cgi.ebay.com/Louis-Armstrong-Signed-8×10-Photo-Jazz-Fine_W0QQitemZ360219545316QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item53dec20ee4

And this fellow — not precisely a jazz musician but someone jazz musicians and listeners hold dear:

http://cgi.ebay.com/George-Gershwin-Signed-8×10-Photo-1929-Composer-Jazz_W0QQitemZ330389790952QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item4cecc420e8

And the woman who signed the pink page certainly knew how to sing Gershwin:

http://cgi.ebay.com/7-Signed-Jazz-Musicians-Carter-Butterfield-Gillespie_W0QQitemZ360221170785QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item53dedadc61

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.”

2 responses to “EMPTY THOSE CLOSETS AND GET RICH!

  1. vandermarkfan

    I would kill for that Louis Armstrong autographed photo!

    Blue Note Management Group APAP Showcase:
    McCoy Tyner Trio with special guest Gary Bartz

    Francisco Mela’s Cuban Safari

    Jon Batiste Band

    Alfredo Rodriguez

    January 08,2010

    Concert starts @ 8PM
    Doors open @ 6PM
    Tickets $25.00

    Full dinner menu available / General Admission Seated Show / All Ages / First come, first seated / $10 min per person at tables

  2. John P. Cooper

    I never got excited about autographs, BUT the best thing I ever had was an original Bluebird 78 rpm 5 record album by Artie Shaw; all show tunes, IIRC….and every man and woman in the band had signed the album except Shaw and one of the trombonists.

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