Five drumskins signed by various actors, musicians and others,
Lot 8
Five drumskins signed by various actors, musicians and others,
Sold for £360 (US$ 597) inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
Five drumskins signed by various actors, musicians and others,
the signatures including Laurel and Hardy, Stewart Granger, Gracie Fields, Jessie Matthews, Charles Laughton, Larry Adler, Merle Oberon, Rex Harrison, Michael Wilding, Irving Berlin and G. B Shaw, 36cm (14in) diameter

Footnotes

  • These autographs were collected by percussionist James Blades, OBE, Hon. RAM (1901-1999), beginning in the 1930s, when he was in the resident dance orchestra at the Piccadilly Hotel, London. He added to the collection whenever possible during recording sessions for film and gramophone music, doing work for the BBC and in concert halls. He was famously known as the sound behind the Rank gong and for devising and recording the wartime 'Victory V' signal (originally on an African drum). He became an eminent player, lecturer and teacher.
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