Duke Ellington Original Signed 1971 Royal Swedish Academy Citation With Support Documents [SOLD]
Duke Ellington Original Signed 1971 Royal Swedish Academy Citation With Support Documents  [SOLD]
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Lot of three pieces from the estate of the late Dr. Luther Cloud, a friend of Duke Ellington's and an African American physician who apparently had a close connection to the jazz community in New York and, as an expert on alcohol abuse, attended Lester Young in his final days at the Alvin Hotel. TDS, Royal Swedish Academy Citation for the election of Duke Ellington to the Academy, boldly inscribed and SIGNED by the Duke. "To Dr. Luther Cloud and his beautiful wife Kathy, Good luck, Duke Ellington (love)". Accompanied by a two page press release from the Swedish Information Service, dated March 1, 1971, announcing that Duke Ellington had been made a member of the prestigious Royal Swedish Academy, and would be inducted in a ceremony on March 12 at the Swedish Embassy. The third piece in the lot is the official invitation from the Swedish Embassy in New York, dated and inscribed in blue ink to Dr. Luther Cloud; the RSA is an extraordinarily prestigious institution, limited to just 50 foreign members and its past membership included Beethoven, Wagner, Hayden, and many other giants of music. Ellington was the first musician "representing the field of popular music" to have been elected to the Academy and probably safe to say the first African American. Three typed documents. 8.5" by 11" have mild mailing and vertical folds, else, clean, unmarked, about near fine with 6" by 4" formal invitation, card with gilt titles and autograph inscription , lightly toned, else near fine, Ellington's large inscription and signature is about fine without loss, skipping or fading. Unusual and historically significant lot signed by a jazz icon. J1622

Duke Ellington Original Signed 1971 Royal Swedish Academy Citation With Support Documents  [SOLD]
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Duke Ellington Original Signed 1971 Royal Swedish Academy Citation With Support Documents  [SOLD]
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Duke Ellington Original Signed 1971 Royal Swedish Academy Citation With Support Documents  [SOLD]
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Duke Ellington Original Signed 1971 Royal Swedish Academy Citation With Support Documents  [SOLD]
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