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1934 Stan Laurel TLS on "Laurel and Hardy" Stationery
Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $528.75
One-page typed letter, dated September 4, 1934, on official Laurel and Hardy stationery, signed by Stan Laurel. In his letter, Laurel also speaks on behalf of his comedy partner Oliver Hardy with regard to a business proposition. In full: “Dear Mr. Wild: - We received your letter some time ago, and am sorry the delay in answering same, however, if you will advise me your best figure on the 3 acts referred to I will be glad to go into the matter further with Mr. Hardy. Kindly let me hear from you by return mail and I will see if something can be worked out. Will be pleased to receive the full plots on the 3 acts mentioned in your letter, and thanks again for calling this to our attention. Wishing you the best of luck, we are, Sincerely yours – Stan Laurel [signed].” Laurel’s signature has been flawlessly scripted in black fountain pen and grades a perfect “10.” Stan Laurel letters, in general, are not rare as he was a gracious respondent to his many fans over the years. However, almost all of the Stan Laurel signed letters in the collecting world date from the 1950s and 1960s. The offered letter dates from the height of his film career in 1934 and is one of the earliest examples we have ever seen. That fact, combined with the magnificent letterhead picturing a color illustration of the boys in character, makes this a particularly extraordinary and ideal Stan Laurel letter. In researching this letter, we searched auction results and were unable to locate another Stan Laurel letter of this quality on Laurel and Hardy stationery dating from this early era. We also found that many early Stan Laurel letters were signed simply "Stan." Laurel and Hardy starred in five shorts in 1934, including the classic Them Thar Hills , as well as what is today one of their most beloved feature films, Babes in Toyland . It’s not unusual to find Laurel speaking for Hardy here in this letter, as he was the creative force behind the team’s success and handled nearly all of their business affairs. The pair continued making films into the early 1940s before retiring. Stan Laurel passed away in 1967 at the age of seventy-five. The letter (8.5 x 10.75 inches) displays normal mailing folds and two diagonal creases in the upper right corner. It is otherwise in Excellent condition. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$600 . SOLD FOR $528.75
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