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    Robert Crumb Note Marilyn Monroe Cover and Letter Original Art Group (1960). Robert Crumb had several good friends he corresponded with as a teenager, like his best friend (and future brother-in-law) Marty Pahls. Crumb would add a special touch to each letter by folding the paper in half, booklet-style, and adding a "front cover" illustration. On this "Note" letter, dated Saturday, July 23, 1960, Crumb has drawn a portrait of actress and cultural icon Marilyn Monroe. "Don't ask me to explain," wrote Crumb on the reverse side, "I did it just to test those new colored pencils that Charles brought home... those pencils are good!" The cover is drawn in ink, graphite, and colored pencil on a piece of 5.5" x 8.5" bond paper. It's in Very Good condition, signed in the lower right.
    Also included are the 13 interior pages of Robert's letter to Marty, all displayed (with color copies to show the reverse of each page) side by side within an enormous Plexiglas-framed mat. The entire frame measures 54" x 25.5". In the letter, Robert talks about his brother Charles' recent trip to California and a comic strip they were working on in hopes of having a syndicate pick it up; other cartoonists like Walt Kelly and George Herriman; and favorite actors like Lionel Barrymore, Wallace Beery, Humphrey Bogart, and of course, Marilyn Monroe. But the bulk of the letter concerns Robert's growing 78 RPM record collection. A metallic nameplate plaque is included.


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    Auction Dates
    November, 2013
    21st-23rd Thursday-Saturday
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