Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #001584251: ANDY KAUFMAN

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Extremely rare vintage 8x10-inch black and white portrait, shown sporting his trademark bowtie and beguilingly goofy smile, boldly signed and inscribed in red felt-tip pen in the 1970s. In good condition, with two light staple holes to the upper left-hand border, left by a note by Kaufman that had once been affixed to the photo, and one barely visible tiny black fleck in the background on the right side, well away from his writing. Sometimes referred to as comedy's leading dadaist, Andy Kaufman took stand-up and performance art to the edges of irrationality, and blurred the dividing line between reality and imagination. After successful turns on T.V.'s "Saturday Night Live" (1975-1982) and "Taxi" (1978-1983); a brief wrestling career; a hit one-man show at Carnegie Hall; and years of masquerading as ultra-uncouth alter ego Tony Clifton, the eccentric actor died tragically of lung cancer at the age of 35. Or did he?