Judy Garland/Frank Sinatra
Handwriten Love Letter from Judy to Frank Sinatra, circa 1949
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Once in a while I come across a historical piece of memorabilia that is so extraordinary that NOT acquiring it is unthinkable, even if it sends me back financially. The voice in my head says “this is exactly the quality piece my customers have a serious interest in”. So, even though it is a piece I love and probably belongs in a museum, I want my customers to know I am out there searching for the most incredible vintage Hollywood memorabilia and artifacts. Hence, when an astonishing, only-one-of-its-kind item surfaces on the market I am hopefully in a position to acquire it (and not hear about it weeks later in the “auction results" listings). .
That scenario happened recently when I acquired an intimate handwritten love letter from Judy Garland to Frank Sinatra. Not only is the handwriting unmistakably Judy Garland’s, but the signature is dead on from 1949 (when She had her first affair with Frank Sinatra). And, the original envelop the letter came in has “Frank Sinatra” on the envelop AGAIN in Ms Garland’s unmistakably, very distinctive handwriting.
To Frank Sinatra on embossed Judy Garland stationary, in part: "Darling, My sudden departure is a complete surprise to me, and I'm deeply disapointed (sic) to have to miss our Monday & Tuesday date. However its imperative that I reach Boston by Sunday. ......" She then goes on with intimate details of where she is staying and what name she will be listed under, along with her obvious great affection for Sinatra. Quite extraordinary content between these two entertainment icons. She then signs "Judy." On Judy Garland's stationary with original envelope with Frank Sinatra written on envelop in Garland's hand. Judy Garland and Frank Sinatra remained good friends until her death in 1969.
On two occasions the two legendary singers were romantically involved. The first time was in 1949. Judy Garland was recovering from a nervous breakdown and the two went on a romantic rendezvous in the Hamptons. Garland was still married to Vincente Minnelli. The second was during one of many separations from Garland's third husband, Sid Luft in 1955. Given the reference to being registered as Mrs. Vincent Minnelli, it is justified to assume that this letter was written C. 1949 following the Hamptons rendezvous. Carlton Alsop who is also referenced in the letter was a radio & film producer and radio announcer who in 1947 married Sylvia Sidney. Carlton Alsop was a good friend and staunch supporter of Judy Garland throughout her life. See: Judy's Singing Again by Carlton Alsop. Photoplay, Nov. 1949. "Drop me a line if you can because it will cheer me up a great deal" seems significant in that Garland was recovering from a breakdown. Note word "shant" and "for God's sake" familiar to anyone who ever seen Judy Garland interviewed will remember that she frequently used these expressions.
Check out this Judy/Frank video
A Special Note on Authenticity. Many of you have read some of the articles I have written on autograph and collectibles authenticity. The most recent article addressed the issue of “credible” dealer certificates of authenticity. You can read it here on this web site. You will note I stressed the importance of a “standard” when it comes to authenticating autographs. In the current state of the autograph collecting community, there are several services. Some reputable and others less reputable. And, the only way to understand the difference is sheer experience. Meanwhile, the majority of the industry seems to have settled today on JSA or PSA as the most reliable authentication services.
However, there is often much discussion about WHO within these organizations are actually doing the certifications and their level of expertise since the letters of authenticity from both do NOT identify a certification specialist. That being said, it was decided this item deserved much more then an anonymous certification from someone who may not have a high level of expertise with Judy Garland. Therefore, I contacted someone who probably has more expertise with Judy Garland’s autograph and handwriting then anyone in the autograph industry. She is the author of the Judy Garland Signature Study that appeared in Autograph Collector Magazine in 2008. It is by far the most accurate and in-depth study ever done on this entertainment icon. That COA is included with this piece and you can see an image of it below.
Guaranteed Authentic for Life... . . . . . . An Extraordinary piece for the Extraordinary Collector
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Needless to say, a very significant piece of Hollywood History.
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