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    Dean Martin's First Recording Contract with Capitol Records, Signed (1948). Excellent signed document, one page both sides, 8.5" x 13", Capitol Records Inc. letterhead, August 12, 1948. A significant document in Martin's legendary career, presented here is Dean Martin's first Artist Contract with Capitol in which Martin agrees to record a minimum of eight tracks for Capitol, receiving an advance of $175 per recording and a royalty of 5% for every double-face record sold (2.5% for every single sold). Also included in the agreement is an option (that was obviously excercised) allowing Capitol to retain Martin's services again for a second and third year if they so desired. Initialed by Martin throughout the body of the document a total of eight (8) times and signed in blue ink in full, "Dean Martin," at the conclusion. Document exhibits moderate signs of wear along the top and bottom edges, with a small tear affecting the "M" in Martin's full signature. However, the text of the document is unaffected and remains fully intact. Given the prominence of the document, this item is a "must have" for the ultimate Dean Martin collector! With COA from PSA/DNA.

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