If you know me well you also know how I love to go to thrift shops. I have made a lot of really good bargains, one of my best was a 60s Emilio Pucci dress for 75 sek worth a few hundred $ at least. I have however never stumbled upon a Jayne Mansfield collectible, well except a pretty cool book cover like 10 years ago, but nothing like the below story:
It looked like someone’s framed memento of a memorable night out, perhaps featuring a well-known entertainer (someone had gone to the trouble to frame it, after all).Then the handwritten inscription (“To Joe—You’re a doll—Jayne”, first name only), and the second name’s relatively uncommon spelling (with a “y”)—along with the photo of a good-looking and unusually well-endowed blond—put themselves together in my brain and I realized I was holding a souvenir photo/card signed by the legendary actor-singer–sex kitten Jayne Mansfield.Attached to the back was an envelope containing what everyone who looks for just such rare discoveries dreams of finding: provenance. Inside was a personal affidavit signed and dated by the guy who bought the autographed card and photo from the original owner and who sold it to a collectibles dealer who went out of business and got rid of his inventory—to the shop owner who was now looking over my shoulder at what I was holding.”This is Jayne Mansfield!” I blurted out like an idiot (there was no price tag on the frame—yet). “Oh, yeah….?” he said.But I am a regular customer, and he’s a good guy. He let me have it for little more than what two hungry people would pay for a couple of pulled-pork pancake breakfasts across the street at the Red Wagon diner.
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