|Title:||Original signed check and photo of Frank Zappa|
|Description:||Original check to JVC for musical equipment signed by Frank Zappa along with photograph framed.|
|Condition:||Photograph is in mint condition. Check has been canceled by the bank and has a small fold mark at both top corners and two very tiny tears at the bottom. Excellent condition for the date.|
|Origin:||Purchased at auction.|
|Appraised By:||Lon Strickler|
|History Of The Item:||Frank Vincent Zappa (December 21, 1940 in Baltimore, MD – December 4, 1993) was an American singer, guitarist, composer and satirist. His work covered a wide range of styles (notably the avant-garde, rock, jazz fusion and contemporary classical), and was often noted for its blending of high art, rock opera, absurdity, scatological humor, and for its hilariously repellent and satirical edge. Zappa had a large worldwide following throughout his varied career, in particular, the United States, United Kingdom, Italy, Germany and the Scandinavian countries. Although much of his work was critically acclaimed, he never found much mainstream success. Zappa, as can be seen in many of his trenchant comments about the mainstream music business, never sought such acclamation. He began to play drums at the age of 12, and was playing in R & B groups by high school, switching to guitar at 18. After narrowly graduating from high school, and then dropping out of Junior College (where he met his first wife, Kay Sherman), Zappa worked in such jobs as window dresser, copywriter, and door-to-door salesperson. With the money he earned from scoring Run Home Slow (1965) (written by his high school English teacher, Don Cerveris), Zappa purchased a recording studio, and, after concocting an allegedly obscene recording for an undercover policeman, spent ten days in jail. Zappa's diverse range of albums (both with the seminal and protean groups The Mothers Of Invention, and Zappa; as well as solo releases) are renowned not only for their bravura musicianship, and satire, but also for offending various groups (usually religious and political). The 200 Motels soundtrack was deemed too offensive by the Royal Albert Hall, who cancelled scheduled concerts in 1975; and the song 'Jewish Princess' (1979) led to Jewish calls for Zappa to apologise. These, and such events as Zappa testifying before Congress in 1985 against rock music censorship, being appointed by Czechoslovakian president Václav Havel, as his Cultural Liaison Officer, or considering running for US president, have, unfortunately, been Zappa's only real source of mainstream publicity. Diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1991, Zappa nonetheless continued working at his Laurel Canyon CA home, until his death on 4 Dec 1993. His widow, Gail, and children, Dweezil, Moon, Ahmet, and Diva, soon-after released a statement to the press that simply stated: "Composer Frank Zappa left for his final tour just before 6pm Saturday."|
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|Appraiser Comments:||Business check date 9/13/1973 signed by Frank Zappa professionally matted and framed with a photo of the artist. Itm is in excellent condition. Signature appears to be authentic. Appraisal is based on the condition, uniqueness, history and current market for this item.|
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