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    Marilyn Monroe and Alan Young Used Bagpipes. These bagpipes come from the original owner himself, Alan Young!
    Born Angus Young in the United Kingdom and spending his boyhood in Scotland, it was only natural for actor Alan Young to take up the bagpipes. The actor, perhaps best known as Wilbur Post on the classic sitcom Mister Ed and as Filby in The Time Machine, purchased this specific set of R.G. Lawrie pipes in the mid-'40s. He first used them as part of his stage act while touring America with Liberace. (After the last show of the evening, the two would play together in the theater bar.)
    Soon after, during his stint as the host of the Alan Young Show on radio, Young was asked to pose for a publicity photo with the pipes and a pretty girl. Young asked a former date of his named Norma Jean Baker to do the honors. By this time, she had changed her name to Marilyn Monroe and had started an acting career of her own, but was more than happy to return the favor.
    The pipes, straight from Mr. Young, feature the Gordon tartan and ivory mounts -- a valuable feature since ivory is no longer legal to harvest. They are in Fine to Very Fine condition with some chipping and wear. The pipes are accompanied by an 11" x 14" b&w glossy photo reproduction featuring Young with Monroe (blowing on the pipes) and Bill Thompson, the first actor to voice the Disney cartoon character of Scrooge McDuck. (Alan has been the voice of McDuck since 1983.) The photo was signed specially for this auction by Mr. Young with a silver archival-quality pen in the lower right corner. Also included is a current 5" x 7" color snapshot of Young with the pipes, a typed and handwritten two-page signed letter of authenticity from Young and signed copies of his books Mister Ed and Me and More! and There's No Business Like Show Business...Was. A fantastic lot.


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    Born Angus Young in the United Kingdom and spending his boyhood in Scotland, it was only natural for actor Alan Young to take up the bagpipes. The actor, perhaps best known as Wilbur Post on the classic sitcom Mister Ed and as Filby in The Time Machine, purchased this specific set of R.G. Lawrie pipes in the mid-'40s. He first used them as part of his stage act while touring America with Liberace. (After the last show of the evening, the two would play together in the theater bar.)

    Soon after, during his stint as the host of the Alan Young Show on radio, Young was asked to pose for a publicity photo with the pipes and a pretty girl. Young asked a former date of his named Norma Jean Baker to do the honors. By this time, she had changed her name to Marilyn Monroe and had started an acting career of her own, but was more than happy to return the favor.

    The pipes feature the Gordon tartan and ivory mounts -- a valuable feature since ivory is no longer legal to harvest. They are in Fine to Very Fine condition with some chipping and wear. The pipes are accompanied by an 11" x 14" b&w glossy photo reproduction featuring Young with Monroe (blowing on the pipes) and Bill Thompson, the first actor to voice the Disney cartoon character of Scrooge McDuck. (Alan has been the voice of McDuck since 1983.) The photo was signed specially for this auction by Mr. Young with a silver archival-quality pen in the lower right corner. Also included is a current 5" x 7" color snapshot of Young with the pipes, a typed and handwritten two-page signed letter of authenticity from Young and signed copies of his books Mister Ed and Me and More! and There's No Business Like Show Business...Was. A fantastic lot.



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    Auction Dates
    June, 2009
    5th-6th Friday-Saturday
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