Charles, Ray (1930 – 2004)
An exceedingly rare vintage glossy 8″ x 10″ close-up photo of Ray Charles wearing his trademark sunglasses, signed in blue ballpoint, ‘Ray Charles’. In fine condition, with poor ink adhesion in places, light rippling, loss to the upper right border, multiple small tack holes to the borders (and two to the upper left corner of the image). Accompanied by a letter of provenance stating that it originated from the collection of Derek Mills, an executive of BBC Radio 2.
Ray Charles is extremely rare in authentic autograph material. This is the first authentic signed photograph we have encountered in thirty years.