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    Chet Baker Collection of Correspondence and Photos, 1980s. This lot consists of one postcard and eleven handwritten letters sent from Chet Baker to his companion Diane Vavra in the 1980s. The letters provide a fascinating account of his life and career, with mentions of his many tour dates, media appearances, and recording sessions from the time. They also include very personal outpourings of his feelings for Vavra, which are at times very intimate and explicit. All are signed simply "Chet." Also included are a number of photographs of Baker and Vavra from this time, and several articles of his clothing. The correspondence is in Very Good condition, of various sizes and on different stationery. The photographs are in overall Excellent condition, of various sizes. The clothing is in fair condition, with tears and soiling consistent with use and age. From the Collection of Diane Vavra.

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    Auction Dates
    December, 2014
    6th Saturday
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