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The Larry Rafferty Collection

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With a penchant for autographs of jazz and blues greats from throughout music history, Larry Rafferty has spent a lifetime assembling one of the most diverse and impressive collections around. He was first inspired to collect in the 1970s when he uncovered a 1920s Okeh Records promo still signed by Louis Armstrong, and has continued the hunt for such treasures to today. After emerging as one of the hobby’s most prolific collectors, he became one of its most respected dealers—now known by his customers around the globe as ‘Mr. Bebop.’ Two decades ago, Rafferty started selling out of necessity, making space for new finds as his collection grew, in a venture that has evolved into one of today’s prime sources for art and music material. With his impending retirement and retreat from the business, several of the gems of Rafferty’s collection were offered in our Spring and Fall 2014 Marvels of Modern Music Auctions, shattering previous sales records for rare jazz and blues autographs. Now available in our July 2015 Marvels of Modern Music Auction is a continuation of select offerings from this highly sought-after collection.