Charlie Parker – Signed IOU With Two Letters of Authenticity

A receipt for a $25 advance signed by Bebop giant Charlie Parker. Dated June 25, 1951, Parker signs beautifully at the bottom in blue ink.  Parker died in 1955 and his autograph is probably the most sought after of all jazz musicians.

This rare signed receipt was signed for Parker’s manager, Teddy Blume, and originally sold by Parker’s widow Chan at the Christie’s, London sale of Charlie Parker memorabilia in September 1994.  This is written on a fragment torn from a menu, and all writing other than the signature is presumably Blume’s.  We obtained this receipt from Norman Saks, the foremost Charlie Parker collector in the world.  It is pictured in the book  “Charlie Parker & Jazz Club Memorabilia: The Norman R. Saks Collection” by Ken Vale.

With Norman Saks’ signed letter of authenticity, and Recordmecca’s written lifetime guarantee of authenticity.  4″ x 5″.

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