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1927 Cole Porter Endorsed Bank Check

Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $406.00

Famous American composer Cole Porter has inscribed and signed the verso of this check made out to him from his wealthy maternal grandfather and namesake J. Omar Cole. The elder Cole was a major landowner and among the richest men in Indiana. He was known to have subsidized his grandson for much of his life. This check, dated "Dec. 28, 1927," is made payable to "Cole Porter" in the amount of $1,500. It is endorsed and signed on the verso in black ink: "Pay to the Fifth Avenue Bank of New York City, Cole Porter" ("9"). Cole Porter is recognized by many to be the greatest American composer of all time. He produced and scored several Broadway and film productions including Kiss Me Kate and Anything Goes. His popular songs include "Don't Fence Me In," "I Get a Kick Out of You," and "You're The Top." Artists ranging from Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra to K.D. Lang and U2 have recorded his works, and a 2004 movie starring Kevin Kline as Porter has kept the man and his music in the public eye. The check displays normal cancellation marks and punch holes; however, they do not affect the endorsement and signature. Three light vertical creases, as is often the case with checks, otherwise in overall Excellent condition. LOA from James Spence, Steve Grad & John Reznikoff/PSA DNA. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $406.00

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